by BINOY KAMPMARK. Published September 12, 2012 by counterpunch.org
“To imagine the pupil-teacher relationship as one of finance, student growth, popularity scores and spread sheets is mind jarringly obscene, but this has not stopped the process from accelerating. In fact, it is becoming more rigorous than ever, taking hold in universities at an alarming rate. As part of the same mix, the U.S. Department of Education has proposed to use the test scores of graduates’ students to evaluate schools of education. Never mind the fact that such scores are notoriously unreliable.
Once you make teachers servile to the market economy and the managerial classes, their performance ceases to be one of teaching but entertaining. One is not getting so much better teaching than better circus acts, backed by the dull machinists of power point. In that case, we get not only the teachers we deserve but the graduates we don’t want. This is truly a kingdom of dunces.”