Archive for November 28th, 2003

28th November

First Published in The New York Sun, November 28, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

The concept of choice is a very popular one in education, one of the few areas of some agreement between those who identify themselves politically as being on the left and those who assert that they are of the right. Yet as attractive as the concept of choice may be, for whatever reason one supports it, the climate that will effectively preclude choice already exists. 

    There is a monopoly in place right now that is well on the way to controlling not what children are taught, but how they are taught. The monopoly I’m talking about exists in our schools of education at our colleges and universities. And it is becoming increasingly clear that prospective teachers are being trained in a onesided approach that strongly favors ideologies and methodologies that have shown themselves to be less than effective.  (more…)