A knot of parents and teachers--some clutching children, others clutching protest fliers--huddled outside
Thomas Sobol, the former
Statistical disputes aside, the basic disagreement is over what constitutes an educated child. Is it someone who can demonstrate "grains" of isolated skills or someone who has the capacity to think and explore with a sense of wonder and depth? So far, the grains have the upper hand. "This administration is preparing children to do these small tasks, stripping education down to its parched bones," said Tom Sobol. "The soul of education is left at the door."
This article appeared in the June 21, 2007 edition of the Nation.previous page