Education Enters the Twilight Zone

Disingenuous. Paradox. Counterintuitive. Sophistry. Counterproductive. These five words always fascinated me.  They suggest unexpected warps in a common-sense grasp of the world. Something is out of kilter, weird, defective, or whacko. American public education in the 20th century -- which has been characterized as "deliberate dumbing down" -- is impossible to discuss without constant recourse to these quirky words. They point to deception, but done with art and flair. Rod Sterling captured the resulting sense of disorientation: "You unlock this door... Beyond it is another dimension.... You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone." "Disingenuous" is when you know the truth about something but you stare blandly into space, pretending not to know the truth. For example, one of the big fads now is called Constructivism. It dictates that teachers should not teach; they should be rebranded as...(Read Full Article)

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