February 27, 2007

The myth of apolitical education policy

Monday in Get Schooled, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Bridget Gutierrez asked,

But will public education ever not be political?

This is a classic statement that gets a mental "facepalm" reaction from me.  How can you have education connected to citizenship (either education for citizenship or education attached to citizenship as a right) and then expect that somehow there wouldn't be a politics of education?

Historically, the desire for "removing politics from education" has been a rhetorical trump card, most famously in the Progressive Era (see David Tyack's The One Best System, 1974, for the most famous history of Progressive-Era bureaucratization). Usually, it hasn't removed politics from education so much as shifting education policymaking to a different political arena.

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Posted in Education policy on February 27, 2007 9:18 PM |