Jonathan Kozol, an author most of us are familiar with has a new article out entitled Still Seperate, Still Unequal. In it, Kozol talks about our current "era of accountability" and efforts at school reform. He points to the trends of resegregation (see also Cashin) and the continuing struggles of schools in communities with high levels of poverty and ever tightening budgets. But he also asks some hard questions about what might be at stake in the state and federal efforts in accountablity--along the lines of "what is lost?" for these students. Also, Kozol troubles the idea that all of these policies are in the interests of producing competitive "global workers." I'm wondering what folks think about these ideas and their implications for us as educators. Thoughts?
Next I think we should turn some attention to Tom Friedman!