With ideology masquerading as pragmatism, profit is now the sole yardstick against which all our institutions must be measured, a policy that comes not from experience but from assumptions – false assumptions – about human nature, with greed and self-interest taken to be its only reliable attributes.

– Alan Bennett, in the London Review of Books

Relatedly, Diane Ravitch takes down the notion that teacher protections are what impede access to quality education.  Historical ignorance is a dangerous thing, indeed.

 

But sometimes there’s hope: using technology to point us towards our overuse of technology, for example, or using it more pointedly to teach those unwilling to be taught.  I have more thoughts on the latter, to come in the next few weeks.