Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hope in California

Governor Jerry Brown last week not only vetoed Senate Bill 547; he wrote a scathing veto statement that called into question the values being put forward in American education currently. It reads in part:

Over the last 50 years, academic “experts” have subjected California to unceasing pedagogical change and experimentation. The current fashion is to collect endless quantitative data to populate ever-changing indicators of performance to distinguish the educational “good” from the education “bad.” Instead of recognizing that perhaps we have reached testing nirvana, editorialists and academics alike call for ever more measurement “visions and revisions.”
A sign hung in Albert Einstein’s office read “Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.”
SB547 nowhere mentions good character or love of learning. It does allude to student excitement and creativity, but does not take these qualities seriously because they can’t be placed in a data stream. Lost in the bill’s turgid mandates is any recognition that quality is fundamentally different from quantity.
Read the whole thing. Well done, sir!

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