Wednesday, October 29, 2014
On Ground-Zero Reform on This Anniversary of Sandy
On this second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the tri-state area, perhaps we should pause to remember the words of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, who finds the glass more than half full. Hurricane Katrina was "the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans." Perhaps in his mind, despite the immense damage wrought, Sandy fell short of his educational goals.
The stills above taken from the pro-Common-Core video at commoncoreworks.org seem to confirm the same point of view. Education reform must come like a swift and violent storm, sweeping away the local distinctions of the schools around which our communities are built.
So, should another storm like Donna (1960) or Sandy (2012) come a-knockin,' let us comfort ourselves with the realization that the ed. "reformers" in their infinite wisdom will find some good in our devastation. As we watch remnants of our lives float away, we can have faith that there will be fertile ground for the unleashing of more ed. reform. Why waste foolish sentimentality remembering what was lost, when you can have the wherewithal to welcome a brave, new world of ed. reform?