Since I posted yesterday, I’ll just give you all some brain candy for today — two pieces I read this morning that you all may find interesting:
Here is a meditation on the question of why we send so many students to college and what they/we/society expect them to get out of it:
And this Op-Ed questions all the supposed improvements in K-12 from NCLB on:
So if we are not preparing middle and high school students, who then go on to college for reasons neither we nor they can define, we are like those scrambling lab rats, running to keep wheels spinning – all frantic activity with no purpose.
What do you think — the Menand piece, in particular, struck a chord for me as it reminded both Marina and me of questions that come up for us teaching in college.