Grading The Public Education System
Is the U.S. public education system really facing a crisis, or have critics sought to exaggerate the situation and propose “miracle cures.” Gene Lyons writes in his new column, “A Lesson On Today’s Education”:
Three mildly heretical thoughts about American education: First, given the impossible assignment we’ve given them — an egalitarian mission in a nation rapidly growing more stratified by income and class — American public schools are probably doing a better job than they ought to be. One big reason is greater professionalism among teachers. A lot has changed since I wrote a Texas Monthly article documenting the awful state of teacher education back in 1979, mostly for the better.