Jonathan Lovell reminds us that one of the central tenets of “education reform” today is “creative disruption.” This is a popular concept in the corporate world but totally inappropriate for children and schools, who need stability and predictability.
Lovell understands that Common Core is intended to be a massive disruption, and that some politicians eagerly await dismal results on the tests as a prelude to destroying public education.
“The problem faced by teachers and a few heroic administrators today, however, is not so much to understand the thinking behind the Common Core as it is to figure out how to prevent the damage that the “predictable failure rate” on the spring 2015 Common Core assessments will do to the students in their classrooms and schools. It’s in response to this important and urgent “What can we do?” question that I provide the following thoughts.”
His thoughts take him back to theLewis Carroll story of the Jabberwock.
“What struck me almost immediately was that the “shocking” effect of this image owed a good deal to the Jabberwock’s unexpectedly human apparel and extremely human central teeth. It gradually dawned on me that what Dodgson and Tenniel had set out to represent as the source of all that threatened to destroy Alice’s childhood world was the voraciousness and lumbering acquisitiveness of 19th century industrial capitalism (see here for a recent study confirming these suspicions), all decked out in vest, spats, and a handlebar mustache!
“The fact that this part serpent, part dragon, part insect, part man seemed to emerge, inexorably, from a Darwinian-like primeval ooze, gave the image added power. I could understand why the publishers might not have wanted this image to greet the young readers of “Lewis Carroll’s” second Alice book!…”
“So what are we as teachers and administrators to make of this encounter? How might Dodgson and Tenniel’s understanding provide us with ways to confront today’s “monsters” of educational reform, who threaten to “disrupt” our cherished system of public education to its very core?
“I would suggest we engage in a little “creative disruption” ourselves. We could begin with what our Finnish colleagues in education have already done: rename the seeming juggernaut of international educational reform as GERM, for Global Education Reform Movement…..”
“It was a child who had the courage and temerity to say “The emperor has no clothes!””