Lance Izumi on Nationalizing Education

Lance Izumi has a new mini-book coming out as part of the Encounter Broadsides series arguing against the effort to build a nationalized education system through centrally imposed Common Core standards, assessments, and curriculum.  Be sure to check out the cool video Encounter has made to promote the mini-book.

6 Responses to Lance Izumi on Nationalizing Education

  1. GGW says:

    1. I like the whiteboard video thang. Very well done.

    2. Lance does omit a key part of story. RTTP, he says, was money for national standards. True. But there are also 2 cartel-breaking parts of RTTP.

    a. Here in Massachusetts, an RTTP winner, tens of thousands of additional urban kids can attend charters, because of RTTP. 5,000 in Boston alone.

    b. More alt teacher prep to compete with existing traditional.

    This runs against Lance’s thesis, because feds have actually generated more competition and choice in these areas. Fed policy pushed power away from The Blog and towards parents and aspiring teachers — hardly a federal power grab.

    I realize, however, he may cover these topics in the book, and that you can’t say it all in a 4-minute video.

  2. GGW says:

    Ooops. I meant: Power away from the Blob. Nobody takes power from The Blog. At least not this blog.

  3. allen says:

    And the other cartel-breaking aspect of RttT, and NCLB, is the elevation of the political controversy surrounding public education to the national stage. Raising the profile of the issue undermines one of the key foundation stones of the public education system – obscurity.

    If education ignites as an issue in one state it gutters out as an issue in another state.

    While I’m uneasy about the federal intrusiveness embodied in both NCLB and RttT making a national political controversy out of education emboldens successful state-level reforms and encourages unsuccessful state-level reformers. Such unintentional coordination stretches the resources of the opposition.

    • GGW says:

      Allen, that’s a good point. For those reformers who’d like a light national touch, but who also believe DC is a venue more favorable to anti-Blob policies than states and cities, we have to pick our poison.

      • allen says:

        Thanks but I don’t think Washington’s a more favorable venue for reform then the states. It’s just a bigger, higher-profile venue.

        The reason that’s important is that every poor sap who posts on this blog can relate to the experience of having people’s eyes glaze over when you mention public education policy. Most people, most of the time, don’t want to be bothered. Even parents, as can be proven by how *few* parents know what, even yet, a charter school is. Moving reform agenda items to the national level means the reach of the discussion is expanded and more people are made aware that there is a controversy.

        In fact, I believe NCLB has failed, RttT isn’t doing much better and both failures are calculable.

        The public education lobby still has a great deal of power but more then that the public education lobby has coordination. They can concentrate resources at points of vulnerability and win even though, against the potential power of their uncoordinated opposition, they’re not that powerful. The public education lobby, due to that coordination, can “get there fustest with the mostest” and win.

        The solution is to stretch them to the breaking point and national level policies like NCLB and RttT do that both directly, by requiring opposition response at the national level and indirectly by, as I wrote above, helping the uncoordinated opposition effect a degree of coordination that previously wasn’t in evidence.

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