my sisyphean career

My favorite politics/policy blogger speculates that education policy must be a discouraging field to work in because nothing ever works. To which I say “feh!” I’m quite glad he rarely writes about education because when he does, I tend to hate what he says.

2 thoughts on “my sisyphean career

  1. you think it has anything to do with “magic bullet theory”? feels like when non-education policy people take notice of education policy, it’s only to say, “well! that didn’t fix everything!”

  2. I think that’s part of it. I think there’s also this extremely widespread notion, particularly among the liberals I usually love, that it’s simply impossible to educate kids who come into school with huge disadvantages. Half of that idea I agree with: it’s important to have good social policy in all these other areas so kids can come to school from, say, a home, where they slept 8 hours the night before, and ate breakfast, and maybe saw their father because he wasn’t locked up for a non-violent drug offense and whatnot whatnot. But I certainly do not agree that education is a lost cause until you fix all the rest of it. I think it’s perfectly possible to educate kids from the worst circumstances, it’s just a hell of a lot harder, and right now instead of giving those kids a lot more resources, we give them a lot less of everything that we know makes a difference.

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