It operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism
The age of educational romanticism
On requiring every child to be above average.
was right!Support The
This is the story of educational romanticism in elementary and secondary schools —its rise, its etiology, and, we have reason to hope, its approaching demise.
Educational romanticism consists of the belief that just about all children who are not doing well in school have the potential to do much better. Correlatively, educational romantics believe that the academic achievement of children is determined mainly by the opportunities they receive; that innate intellectual limits (if they exist at all) play a minor role; and that the current K-12 schools have huge room for improvement.
Educational romanticism characterizes reformers of both Left and Right, though in different ways. Educational romantics of the Left focus on race, class, and gender. It is children of color, children of poor parents, and girls whose performance is artificially depressed, and their academic achievement will b ...
This article is available to subscribers and for individual purchase
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 26 May 2008, on page 35
Copyright © 2014 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/The-age-of-educational-romanticism-3835
E-mail to friend
by Hadley Arkes
Analyzing the views of the distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein.
by Donald Kagan
A lecture delivered by Donald Kagan after he received the second Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.
A new biography of James Madison hopes to change the way we remember America's fourth President.
The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"