May 19, 2008

Political science/political philosophy and education policy

I was going to spend some time last night connecting my weekend entry on hubris to the debate over whether a preponderance-of-evidence standard is right for policy, when I discovered that the macrotheoretical gap had already been filled by Leo Casey's point about seeing like a state, not like an educator. I'm expecting two quick-tongued responses today from other bloggers, but I hope that there is more than a fast wit applied to an argument about the way that states behave and how that shapes education policy debate. I didn't use James Scott's book in Accountability Frankenstein, but I easily could have (and probably should have).

That's probably one logical direction for some good academic work to head in, after the solid work done by Manna, Mcguinn, and Debray (three new scholars: go buy their books!). Education governance is such a complicated mess for some who think about school reform, it's thus a wonderful place for academics to play.

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Posted in Accountability Frankenstein on May 19, 2008 8:34 AM |