How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement

…. At King’s writing in 1963, he decried the entreaties of “moderates” to be patient, to engage in less direct action, to accept slow incremental changes. Today, the brakes on transformational change come with the dogma of pragmatism. Especially in education policy, the politics of social justice and equality denial have taken a more cynical turn. Instead of promoting and supporting the highest quality education for every child, currently dominant education policies promote the expansion of charter schools in which parents must compete for limited slots for some children….

Published on the Huffington Post, February 8, 2016.

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One Response to “How the Gospel of Pragmatism Undermines Education Improvement”

  1. ciedie aech February 26, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    I appreciate that you’ve brought the age-old complaint that those with a shallow understanding of the educational problem have been doing immeasurable harm to our country in their invasive effort to “do good.” I come from a background where the invasive efforts of “doing good” missionaries ultimately caused so much harm that the focus finally had to be turned from going without input into communities and forcing top-down theory, to going politely into communities to first sit down to listen to each community particularly, and then trying to meet the actual needs presented.

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