Why Were So Many Education Reformers Bad Students?


13 Sep


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Bad students often hate school.

Not exactly shocking, I know.

But perhaps more surprising is the pattern of low, sloppy or inconsistent academic achievement by so many of those adults who consider themselves education reformers, particularly corporate school reformers.

Our ideas of school are certainly formed during our years in it. Those working so diligently to destroy the public school system and reshape it to resemble the business model are so often people who didn’t fit in. They earned low grades or only excelled in subjects they really liked. Perhaps school failed them or perhaps they failed school. There’s no way to know for sure since school records are almost always kept private. But details do trickle through and display a clear pattern – a pattern that certainly gives the appearance of an ulterior motive.

Are these former bad students more interested in fixing the perceived problems they see…

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Posted by on September 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Why Were So Many Education Reformers Bad Students?


  1. michaellangford2012

    September 14, 2015 at 13:26

    “History is Bunk!” Henry Ford…

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      September 14, 2015 at 15:10

      Depends on who writes the history. About a 100 years after the event is usually more accurate, and then we can learn from most of the mistakes oligarchs like Ford and political leaders keep making repeatedly.

      For instance, “Henry Ford was also the most famous of Hitler’s foreign backers, and he was rewarded in the 1930s for this long-lasting support with the highest Nazi decoration for foreigners.”

      Have you read “The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam” or “The Bully Pulpit” or “The China Mirage”?


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