Education with a human face

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March 28, 2011
by Jerome Kohn  
Posted in Commentary

"Like our schools, the Soviet Union wasted enormous amounts of manpower and other economic resources in a blind rush to meet arbitrary quotas. As failure was not an option, the quotas were almost always met, but their achievement served political rather than economic, social or spiritual ends. Outward appearances and raw numbers were often impressive but always misleading. Behind the façade and the numbers were shoddy goods and poor service provided to an oppressed and increasingly cynical and demoralized people. It all came to a bad end. If our schools and indeed our entire nation are not to come to a similar bad end, radical change will be necessary." (03/29/11)  

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