This article from today's NYT is thought-provoking, but I find the commentary a richer food for thought.
The conversation we are really having is about what kind of society we live in, and what we want to do about it. What would it really look like to truly close the "achievement gap"? Are we asking schools to solve all of our socio-economic problems? Is that possible?I share the sentiments in other comments - esp. the one where these hand-wringing articles about the state of education today are characterized as jeremiads - but I think Eli's comment is right on the mark. Obviously, when we talk about education we're not just talking about books and kids and test scores. We're talking about our shared common experience as citizens, a loaded concept that transcends any dictionary definition of education and enters into sociocultural commentary.
— Eli Rector, Palm Desert, CA
I am not finished reading all (100+!) comments on this article. But I think it will be time well spent to hear some of these voices. Our education, our selves? Absolutely.