The question is: how do national trends we recognize in education policy interact with the (r)evolution we envision for schooling?
This post has been forming in my head for a while now.
Really, it's inception came about because I read Tough Choices
at about the same time I began to involve myself in the school 2.0 conversation. I did that by:
- beginning my exploration of the blogosphere, reading only at first
- establishing a bloglines account and beginning to take advantage of rss
- starting this blog
- realization that interaction and commenting on other folks' blogs is necessary to making real conversation
- joining classroom 2.0 Ning, and going through the same evolution of non-participation/observation, testing, real dialogue.
So Tough Choices is an obvious example of the kinds of national trends of which I am speaking, but that is not to say it should become a pariah, representing all that is misguided about education policy in the US. Rather, because it synthesizes so many otherwise disparate concepts under one roof, it naturally assumes a lead role.
Lately, though, a couple of examples of national trends have hit the headlines, only to be rebuffed and dismissed by prominent edu-bloggers. Two examples:
A backlash against the use of tech tools in classrooms. And the ensuing response by thoughtful, articulate school 2.0 advoc...
Bill Gates' recent push for ed. reform through political financing rather than more traditional channels . And the ensuing scream by Will Richardson et. al.
Again, the question: what is the relationship between national trends (that many see as inevitabilities) and the School 2.0 (r)evolution? Or rather, we know what it is currently; what ought it be?
What are the trends? (Without commentary:)
- Restructuring teacher compensation
- Nationalization of curricula
- School choice
- Back to basics
- Assessment +
And what, in the end, will be the synthesis of their emergence into the national educational environment in relationship to the way technology can shift pedagogy?
It simply isn't enough to just scream.
Nor to hold a line based on principle alone.
What is the appropriate convergence of these two trains, so that they do not collide?