What’s interesting too is so many progressive education systems like Waldorf or Friends school stop in the 8th grade. For some reason no one wants to look at higher ed. What is the resistance here? I am finding the people in the systems very eager to change. The stereotype of the old system bureaucrats not wanting to do things differently is not at all what I am encountering.
It’s more a disconnect between the UL and the LR. It’s like there is almost an attitude about the LR, like it’s “lowly” to design systems, there is somehow some UL compromise on freedom and individuality to look at this. I hear it even in the conversation on Alex Jones. Everyone wants to keep in the UL, but the question is really a LR issue on system responsibility and process.
In my field there is a paranoia about the LR. I typically find it funny, but it may be actually not funny at all. Why is there so much fear and anger directed towards the LR? As I write that sentence, I can give 1000 answers. Corruption, abuse, sex scandals, etc. We don’t trust the LR. But what’s weird is why cant we differentiate the pathologies from the system. Everyone is always screaming about the “system is broken”. Is the system actually broken? Is it we just don’t have proper methodology for handling LR pathologies?
The other thing I find is no one in the public wants to take responsibility for the LR. Everyone will complain to the point of completely vilifying the LR yet when I ask what they are doing they look at me blankly. Example: There was a zoning hearing for a new multiuse development by a local elementary school that had everyone hysterical. Everyone was outraged that the city “would allow this to happen”. As soon as I asked if anyone was engaging the city with alternative proposals they looked at me like I don’t know what…Like I asked them if they walked on the moon or something. The idea of anyone engaging in the LR was out of their realm of possibilities.
I told them the city is actually very amenable to ideas, but if you don’t go down and talk to them, nothing will happen. We had a similar issue on our street where a development was going into old growth green space. We got the city to buy the land from the developer and turn it into a park. We did that through organized LR engagement and understanding the system, not by complaining in coffee shops or shouting down people in hearings.
This is where conservatives piece of the truth mattered. Too much power at the federal level makes people feel disengaged with the system. Eventually they just don’t understand it and that breeds fear. The dark side of the civil rights movement plays into this too. Civil disobedience can be necessary or at least sympathetic when dealing with a deep pathology like racism, but it’s like it has become standard process.
Educators want to change the system, no one is engaging to help direct the change.
One edit: All the stake holders are not engaging. Educators alone can not create the system.