Thursday, November 7, 2013

Good News is No News

I just read Diane Ravitch's Reign of Error (and reviewed it for East Side Monthly's December issue, out soon). Hot on its heels, I am glad to read "Nobody Likes Good News About Education," teacher/educator Paul Bruno's back-up for Ravitch's assertions that the education crisis that many believe in is not indeed a widespread, long-term crisis after all.

I have found that aside from news about our own kids' schools, we really don't want good news about education writ large, because if we accept that there are bright spots and promising trends, then we have to accept the complexity of doing something about and with them. But we don't want complexity. We want to call it a disaster, rip it up, and start over - which of course we both should not and cannot do.

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