Once, someone asked me about the modern education reform movement, and this is what I said: “The past twenty years of education reform consist of brilliant people working very, very hard to achieve moderate gains.”
Why has this occurred? See picture below:
In short: we’ve built an irrational system. Let’s just call it ‘The Man’ — and we all know who the Man is. The Man is the existing structure, one that evolved over time to serve a now-vanished 19th century world and no longer serves its original purpose. The Man causes rational people to act in ways that cause the whole system harm. And, when it comes to educators — specifically, unions and charters — who are held down by the Man, I can sympathize with both sides of the debate.