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Posted By: Kathleen Kosobud on September 24, 2010
I'm so glad you wrote this ... and took Hess to task.

I had the good fortune to hear Diane Ravitch at Wayne State University last night. She shares your view of RTTT as a "business model", not a plan for educating a citizenry. And, she went on to quote W. Edwards Deming regarding the effects of rewards in the form of merit pay...

In any case, the dual meaning of "education for the 21st Century" has always bothered me. Are we to produce "docile bodies", widgets to be placed where needed in the "new economy"? Or are we to develop empowered critical thinkers who are self-determined in their choices for adulthood? The continuing abysmal rates for employment of persons with disabilities (US Department of Labor, August 2010, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t06.htm) suggest that the first meaning ("docile bodies"), affirms the marginalization of people with disabilities, judged to be "defective goods".

Here's to re-framing the purpose and cause of public education in America as a democratic project.

Kathleen Kosobud, ABD
Michigan State University
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