So, I am a technologist who has worked on the Internet since the first days of the web, so my interest in the Internet and Society, the focus of the Berkman Center, is a keen one. Therefore, I hope one day to actually post something relevant here. But sometimes you just have to rant. Here’s today’s:
The other day at work, the lobbyists were complaining that the governor of New Jersey only cares about educational outcomes. That how the students fare is all that matters, was the complaint. This was apparently a very bad thing. But I had trouble understanding what the heck k-12 education is for if not to produce good outcomes for kids. Surely it’s not about serving tasty food, is it? Is that why kids go?
Have the teachers’ unions gotten so carried away with their own job protection that they can’t even understand that student outcomes are the most important objective of all? Of all the things I’ve heard, this was one of the most disconcerting.