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Rob Helfenbein

Interesting connections here...


While I certainly empathize with Dr. Ayers' vision for education, I feel like this sort of rhetoric doesn't get us anywhere. He (rightfully) critiques market based reformers for taking the facts and force feeding them into their prescribed model which they sell as the God given truth, but then throws out his own overgeneralized vision of the "enemy" and builds his own straw men to tear down based on his unwaivering confidence in his own vision of education.

The truth is (I humbly propose), that issues in education are hard to solve because they are complex, difficult issues in a system with a broad array of stakeholders with a broad array of visions and interests at stake. Fighting dogma with dogma might rally the troops for the battle, but it doesn't win the war.

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