In response to the continuously building tension surrounding issues of education reform in America, Jack Schneider, assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, and Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington D.C. public schools and founder of StudentsFirst, have launched a blog for Education Week called “K-12 Schools: Beyond the Rhetoric.” Rhee, a champion of education reform which “seeks quantifiable gains in student achievement,” and Schneider, who refers to himself as a “vocal critic” of this movement, will use the blog as a space for constructive discussion, moving away from debate that often turns into what Schneider calls “a war of words.”
“[T]hough we are uncertain about what the ultimate outcome of this dialogue will be, both of us agree about the importance of finding common ground. We think that sound bites are fundamentally misleading,” Schneider writes. “We are convinced that the more we shout at each other from our separate corners, the further apart we will grow. And we believe that beneath the surface of so much disagreement is a point of consensus about the importance of educating the nation’s children.”
Schneider and Rhee begin this dialogue with their first topic on April 21, “Debating the Merits of Standardized Testing.” Keep up with the conversation on Education Week.
This “Holy Cross in the New” item by Evangelia Stefanakos ’14.
For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.
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