… the provenance of reform ideas can be found in the daily experiences of sitting in classroom many years ago. And those ideas, as Mary Kennedy reminds us, are distorted because children are emotionally involved with their teachers and know little about the planning, the improvisational decision-making during lessons, and work outside of school that teachers do.
From a post by Larry Cuban in which he describes where ‘education reformers’ often get their ideas and data – as the old adage goes, everyone is an expert on schools because they went. Yet being in a classroom (at any level) does not tell the entire story as Cuban suggests. The comments to this post are also interesting.