Inventors need to understand the need for invention in order to begin.
Perhaps the step before step one is schools of education recruiting failed students for teaching. As long as the Bush-Obama nonsense of “top students for teachers” — an ugly spread of the ugly Teach for America racial theories — remains in place, schools/colleges of education will be sterile places of non-invention. As long as PhD programs do not have quotas for special education students and former high school dropouts schools/colleges of education will be sterile places of non-invention. And every school/college of education without an educationally diverse faculty will fail to develop inventive new teachers, and I don’t care if you are Teachers College, Michigan State, HGSE, or Stanford (I’m looking at you Linda Darling-Hammond).
Inventors need to understand the need for invention in order to begin. And our teacher training institutions have become absurd, segregated places filled with honors students — people educated K-16 and beyond in homogeneously-grouped isolation from the problems of education. Consistently told that they have achieved their lofty GPAs through talent and hard work they are completely unprepared to reinvent a system where the rewards are always for compliance and adherence to extrinsic motivation.
The true diversity in education must include the victims of education. The bored D students. The dropouts. The unsuccessful dyslexics. The “behaviorally-impaired.” The list can go on. It is that group who has the motivation to rebuild schools from day one.
Bring them in and the culture of invention will appear.
- Ira Socol