Arne Duncan has set off a furious response with his tweet,
"What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?"
I have a few what ifs of my own.
- the federal government incentivized integrated public education, rather than segregated corporate reform schools?
- corporate foundations committed funds to ending childhood poverty?
- CEOs recognized that capitalism is amoral and public institutions are not?
- Arne Duncan woke up one day as a human being, instead of a cockroach?
- we accepted the idea that poverty is not due to character flaws that can be fixed by changing children's brain functions?
- Bill Gates discovered that he is, indeed, the self-serving sonofabitch that the majority of people know him to be?
- Diane Ravitch and Anthony Cody committed as much energy to resisting CorpEd as they do to building their fan base?
- Wendy Kopp insisted her clueless troops wear armbands and lapel pins with PP for Positive Pedagogy?
- FairTest did something other than beg for money and post all the work that others are doing?
- Congress passed laws to enforce the Fair Housing Act and, thus, enable integrated living?
- our leaders took global warming seriously, rather than preparing for the police state to contain the eventual mayhem that will come from pursuing the status quo?
- the citizenry acted more out of hope than fear?
- schools got so repressive that children stopped going and parents stopped sending them?
- hackers brought down the Common Core data collection system on test days?
- parents kept their children home on test days because they were sick of testing?
- we stopped pretending that educational equality can be accomplished without human equality?
- businesses got out of the education field and focused on new products and services that make us healthy and whole?
- Arne Duncan stopped pretending that context is irrelevant and that everyone can do the same thing the same way and get the same result?
What's your What If?