I believe our nation’s public schools should be as diverse as our country, its citizens, and the patchwork quilt of cultures and values therein. An overly centralized, overly “common” approach minimizes our ability to harness the natural creativity within us in response to our changing world. A monolithic educational system is doomed in the long-run. So, why accelerate that process?
“Why do people argue so much about education?”
I heard this question as I pumped up Mt. Hamilton. Biking up a California mountain forces you to think about many things or else you note how goofy you are for taking five hours to climb nineteen miles just to eat peanut butter sandwiches in the parking lot of the James Lick Observatory. So two friends and I chat about biking, the panoramas of the Santa Clara valley and, yes, even education.
About halfway up the mountain my friends and I began talking about the constant disagreement over schools. Victor mentioned the uproar over whether a high school should provide condoms to students. Deborah remembered a conversation with an aunt who was a “creationist.” They knew I was an educator and this led to Deborah’s question: “Why do people argue so much about education?” Let me pick up the conversation as we…
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