…how did American education fall so effortlessly into the control of Know Nothings from the world of business, law, and politics?
Ironic. That’s exactly how people used to, wrongly in my view, attack her as recently as just a few years ago…
But leave aside her specific point, which I’d dispute, here’s a question for the historians that might help explain why education does careen from one thing to the next. What are the most compelling examples of where the education system has reformed itself in ways that have demonstrably benefited students? Haven’t most of the reforms, for good and ill, come from influences on the outside, whether higher ed leaders, business, etc…?
Put another way, outside of some romantic ideas about how people learn, what are the firm canonical underpinnings of this field? You need those to make sense of calls for change, reform, and so forth…and not just lurch from thing to thing.