I have seen all the discussion about the Oprah show and “Waiting For Superman”. It seems fascinating as seen from afar (I live in the U.K.)
Here in the U.K. we seem not to be waiting for a superhero but to be returning at a fast pace to our late and much admired Queen Victoria.
In these hard times, when so many people are afraid for their public sector jobs (myself included) we appear to feel that the only way forward in the twenty first century is to march backwards toward the nineteenth!
The answer to a world which has transformed into a flat globalised, instant-access global village is to compete against the likes of China and India by making sure that our children have a narrow curriculum dominated by rote learning and a knowledge of the good Kings and bad Queens (or is that the other way around?)
It seems laughable to me that places such as China have begun to transform their education systems from a strict, test-obsessed one to a more creative and collaborative one at just the time when my own country is going for Victoria and the U.S. is waiting for Superman to come back by enticing him to return to a country that sacks teachers who have a tiny percentage drop in their test results!
The only people who are laughing are the Chinese and the Indians, as Professor Yong Zhao has so presciently stated in his blog, see: http://zhaolearning.com/2009/10/22/the-mismeasure-of-education-worthy-knowledge-in-the-age-of-globalization/