Rita Kramer, author
Ed School Follies
The people who become “educators” and who run our school systems usually havedegrees in education, psychology, social sciences, public administration; they are not people who have studied, know, and love literature, history, science, or philosophy. Our “educators” are not educated. They do not love learning. Naturally enough, they think of the past as dead because it has never been alive to them. And they will not bring italive for their pupils.E.D. Hirsch, Jr., author
The Knowledge Deficit
“The reason for this state of affairs – tragic for millions of students as well as for thenation – is that an army of American educators and reading experts are fundamentallywrong in their ideas about education and especially about reading comprehension. Their well-intentioned yet mistaken views are the significant reason (more than other constantly blamed factors, even poverty) that many of our children are not attainingreading proficiency, thus crippling their later schooling.”“The dominant ideas in American education are virtually unchallenged within theeducational community. American education expertise (which is not the same aseducational expertise in nations that perform better than we do) has a monolithiccharacter in which dissent is stifled.”“But mere scientific inadequacy can be a practical irrelevance in American education.”Arthur Levine, recent president of Columbia Teachers College, author of three reports inthe education school project, a four year study of every degree granting education schoolin the nation. He wrote three reports;
Educating School Leaders, Educating School Teachers and Educating Researchers. Educating School Leaders
•Programs are “credit dispensers”: –Confer Masters Degrees on Students Who Demonstrate Anything ButMastery –Award Doctorates in Name Only –Enroll Principals and Superintendents in Study that Is Irrelevant to their Jobs•The education school doctorate has no value [i.e. worthless] in performing anyschool administration job.
Educating School Teachers