That is actually the title from a blog post by Will Richardson, who makes some very salient comments on American education and on the conversations from the recent Education Nation. One of my favorite things this father and long-term teacher points out is that at the Schools for Tomorrow conference “they actually had two panels about students without inviting…wait for it…any students to participate.” None of the articles we read this week treated students like interchangeable parts of the system, and they subsequently learned a lot from what they had to contribute. This had me pondering why students don’t have a similar opportunity to be part of, or to start, a national conversation.

Our readings also discussed how the modern educational model developed due to technological innovation over time. Now that we have moved beyond the printing press and into the age of computers, etc. shouldn’t our educational models be shifting as well? The answer to that is relatively obvious and is what John Merrow comments on in Some thoughts on Education Nation: “Next year, NBC’s journalists must tackle two of the elephants in the room. One is the obstacles to innovation. The second is the problem inherent in overemphasizing ‘innovation.’” Both of these blogs call for change, but one is more radical than the other. Should we tweak the current system, imitating our successes? Or is it time to reinvent the wheel and start talking about meaningful change?

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