From Deborah Meier on Bridging Differences in what is unquestionably one of the most powerful paragraphs about education I’ve read in a long time:
As long as we use test scores as our primary evidence for being poorly educated we reinforce the connectionâ€”and the bad teaching to which it leads. If by some course of action we could get everyone’s score the sameâ€”even by cheatingâ€”Iâ€™d be for it, so we could get on to discussing the interactions that matter in classrooms and schools: between â€œI, Thou, and It.â€ Iâ€™ve spent 45 years trying, unsuccessfully, to shift the discussion to schools as sites for learning. Such a â€œconversationâ€ might not produce economic miracles, but it would over time connect schooling to the kind of learning that can protect both democracy and our economy. Because thatâ€™s where schools are (or are not) powerful.
Sites for learning. What a concept.