What Matters Most in Education: Human Relationships

Diane Ravitch's blog

I don’t know why we have to keep rediscovering the wheel in education. I guess it’s because the reformers keep imposing bad ideas that teachers know will not work and that violate their professional ethics that it becomes necessary to repeat again and again what used to be common knowledge.

Bill Boyle wrote a lovely reflection on the key ingredients in the classroom: human relationships and affection.

Big data can’t take the place of a caring teacher.

He writes:

“I continue to wonder, why do we attempt to impose technocratic solutions on contexts such as education that require the nexus of human relationships? To be more specific, why do use a market driven model of corporate education reform imposed from the top that uses data abstracted from context?

“It’s kind of like arguing for a first down in the game of basketball.”

He quotes the poet Wendell Berry, who said,

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