Last week, I wrote here about zero-tolerance stupidity, suggesting that as schools grow more and more willing to punish and stigmatize kids for reasons of bureaucratic convenience, it might be parental malpractice to put your kids in public schools. But there's another problem with public schools that goes beyond these kinds of problems: Even when they work well, public schools introduce all sorts of costs and rigidities into everyday life.You'll want to read the entire article: twice. Also, you'll want to buy his new book on education.
That's not surprising. Public schools were designed to be rigid. Back in the 19th century, when Massachusetts Board of Education Secretary Horace Mann toured Europe looking for models of public education to import to America, the one he chose came from Prussia. Inflexibility and uniformity were Prussian specialties, and when Mann brought Prussian-style education to America, those characteristics were seen not as a bug but as a feature.
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Consider alternative schooling: Don't fear innovation. Nobody ever got shot or pregnant from online or home schooling.
Professor Glenn Reynolds has written one of the best articles on education in years:
Posted by Steve Bartin at 7:37 PM