Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ignited a firestorm when he tried to change the the University of Wisconsin’s mission from “search for truth” to the corporate “to meet the state’s workforce needs”. He quickly withdrew the change citing a misunderstanding. While that mission statement may have resolved itself in Wisconsin, the issues about the objectives, methods, and merits of standardization are a growing debate in the United States. The compulsion for standardized test designed and administered by national corporations far-removed from the many diverse school districts across the country may be hurting the creativity and effectiveness of classroom teaching. The mass infusion of technology in the classroom is also being discussed as students spend more time learning the technology rather than learning how to use the results technology provides. Are the solutions offered in Washington DC and in education corporations equally applicable to poor inner city school districts and wealthy suburban areas? Do local pubic school districts have the freedom to develop their own teaching methods suited for their students needs? Listen to nationally-respected teacher and author, Jose Luis Vilson, talk about his book, “This is Not a Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education”.
Guest: Jose Luis Vilson
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