Here's one thing wrong with education in America
Okay, I admit it. I'm probably being a little touchy. This morning I got this email from what I consider to be a very well meaning group, The Forum for Education and Democracy. The email was announcing the release of something called "Democracy at Risk: The Need for a New Federal Role in Education Policy." What bothered me was its list of featured guests.
The Honorable George Miller, Chairman of the Committee on Education & Labor, U.S. House of Representatives (invited)
Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education, Stanford University;
John Deasy, superintendent, Prince George's County Public Schools;
Milton Goldberg, distinguished senior fellow, Education Commission of the States and former staff director for the commission that produced A Nation at Risk;
Peter McWalters, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education;
Deborah Meier, senior scholar, New York University Steinhardt School of Education;
Pedro Noguera, professor, New York University Steinhardt School of Education;
Wendy D. Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network;
Sharon Robinson, president and CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education; and
George Wood, executive director, The Forum for Education and Democracy, and principal of Federal Hocking High School and Middle School.
As a teacher, I think that one major thing wrong in education is that so many policies--many of them well-meaning--have been imposed on us by people who are considered "experts," but who actually know very little or nothing about what really goes on in a classroom. Wouldn't it have been a good idea to include at least one classroom teacher in a group called together to respond to another new plan for education policy in America?