Education Has Been Battered by Bad Faith

The easiest way to understand the field of education is to consider a legal concept: bad faith.  It's been around for thousands of years; in Latin, the phrase was mala fides.  Any time there's a split between what is claimed and what is fact, you've got bad faith. Lawyers, judges, and juries must wrestle with the subtleties of bad faith.  Philosophers find it a fertile field. Jean-Paul Sartre wrote about what it means, existentially, to act in good faith: "[h]uman reality is what it is not, and it is not what it is."  I'd say that Sartre acted in bad faith, as he virtually guarantees that no one will understand what he means. Education is not so murky.  This is a field clearly disfigured by counterintuitive failure crying out for explanation and cure.  Why are our statistics and test scores so low, why do we have roughly 50 million functional illiterates, why must we import most of our scientists and engineers, and why do we have so many people at the...(Read Full Article)

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