Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, April 29, 2011

How teaching to the assessment test can be classist and racist

Valerie Strauss, the Washington Post education blogger, reprints a searing essay by education writer Alfie Kohn, "How school reform damages poor children."

It recaps arguments made in Jonathan Kozol's first book, Death at an Early Age, and to some extent, those by Bowles and Gintis in Schooling in Capitalist America, which argues that the purpose of K-12 education is to socialize us and make us employable and relatively unquestioning.



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