The Education Reform Conversation We Need Vs. The One We Have | Jeff Bryant

This past week, two videos captured just about everything you need to know about the status of the movement known as “education reform.”

The first filmic event was a staged encounter between two prominent advocates for what is conventionally thought of to be “opposing points of view” in the current debate over how best to implement top-down government mandates for public schools.

On “the right” of this crossfire was the American Enterprise Institute’s chief “scholar” on education policy, Frederick Hess, who speaks voluminously of the need for “busting” through and “breaking the status quo” that apparently confines the nation’s schools.

Stage left, we had President Obama’s chief PR spokesperson on education, Secretary Arne Duncan, who incessantly calls for “raising the bar” and racing “to the top.”

via The Education Reform Conversation We Need Vs. The One We Have.