Thompson: Polarizers Suck, Says John Merrow
I applaud John Merrow's depolarizing statements in "A Polarized Education System." But, I must admit, I am most supportive of his polarizing statements. Even as he calls for an end to our education wars, Merrow speaks the truth in ways that are as vivid as the angriest of teachers. He condemns the "vicious attacks" on teachers, while complaining, "Companies like Pearson are getting rich while we blather and battle." Merrow sounds as belligerent as any educator when he protests "turning away special needs children or suspending tough-to-educate kids just before the state tests are given." Merrow is even blunter than teachers' representatives dare to be when protesting, "Why don’t we eliminate recess for white kids and replace it with drill and practice and test-prep? That’s what we do for (to) black and brown kids, isn’t it?" In addition to articulating these perennial protests by our champions (who are called polarizing) he concludes with, "the important point — children become what they repeatedly do. So, if our kids spend an inordinate amount of time practicing to take tests, and taking tests and more tests, what will they be like as adults?"JT(@drjohnthompson)Image via.