There isn’t much room for dissenters in public education today – whether they are respectful or not. Playing and/or living by the rules has become shorthand for a philosophy of school reform that has but one major goal: raising standardized test scores. Embarrassed by what Obama has called in a recent State of the Union Address this “Sputnik moment” (Obama, 2011) -- where American schools and students are ranking far below other countries – the language of school reform has become consistently sterner and less tolerant of contrasting viewpoints. As Education Secretary Arne Duncan has been quoted:
The path to success has never been clearer. The educational reform movement is not a table where we all sit around and talk. It’s a train that is leaving the station, gaining speed, momentum and direction. It is time for everyone, everywhere to get on board. (Duncan, 2009)
"American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community By Sam Chaltain,"
Journal of Educational Controversy: Vol. 6
, Article 28.
Available at: http://cedar.wwu.edu/jec/vol6/iss1/28