Thomas Jefferson famously said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” In this he echoed the bad experiences the ancient Athenians had made with their democratic experiment. Here is a brief video summarizing Socrates’ thoughts on democracy:
(Note: if the video linked above gets deleted, you may search the Internet for the title: “Why Socrates Hated Democracy”)
Meet Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education: Betsy DeVos
Qualifications: billionaire heiress, no experience with K-12 education, no experience with college financial aid or student loans. Christian fundamentalist. Long time busy trying to undermine public education through questionable school voucher programs.
As someone said, it’s like asking an Amish person to head NASA. Continue reading
I just saw something odd on Twitter (no surprise there, right?), namely the question: How do we change school when lots of people are concerned with protecting their little corner of school?
I suspect that a lot of people (I mean a LOT of people) wisely nod their heads hearing or reading this assumption loaded question, the assumption of course being the one drummed into the public’s mass mind by our media, namely that teachers obstruct change for the better and are the cause for all that’s wrong with our schools.
The question is so upside down, it made my brain flip inside my head.