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Bait and switch on education reform

March 19, 2014
By Robert L. Arnold

In 1991, the following statement was circulated by the New York State Education Department, putting forth its position on educational reform: "The problem with education is not that the legions of dedicated people who work in our schools are limited or uncaring, or that they are unwilling to exert themselves to serve our children. On the contrary, the schools are filled with intelligent, conscientious, even idealistic people eager to be effective. The problem is that the system they are caught in - schools as we still organize and run them, prevailing notions of curriculum and instructional method, the existing allocations of responsibility and authority - has become obsolete."



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