For the second meeting in a row we have a portion of a book duplicated for our use. I still have not seen the volumes that are going to be purchased for us. But, since we are educators, I assume that we are above the law. We are certainly above common sense.
More samo-samo. We were laying the groundwork for future insights by looking at the purpose of the book. The author had been informally quizzing “parents and...community leaders” about what they wanted to see in a school. Here is the desire of their hearts,
“They wanted to grow up to be responsible, caring, and compassionate human beings who respected diversity and who knew how to do the right thing when faced with difficult decisions.” p. 20I am sure that is heart warming to you. But it goes farther. Not only are they telling you what parents want in school, we also hear what is not important to them.
“What was interesting was that not once did we hear in all of our interviews and focus groups, ‘We want the best academics.’” p. 20So there you have it. The parents are to blame for the dumbing down of our schools.
The things that the parents want are the things that the parents are supposed to be teaching at home. This lets them off the hook and allows them to blame educators for not turning sows’ ears into silk purses.
Of course the schools don’t have to be such willing partners in the scheme.
I would give you a bibliography but the title page information was not in the copied sections of The Leader in Me.
homo unius libri