The dissenting voice
Posted February 17, 2017on:
I appreciate a good read from any source. It does not take much for such a read to help me see applications in education.
One such read was an investigative piece by the Washington Post (WaPo) broke a story that resulted in the resignation of a character in US politics.
The WaPo reinforces the important role the press plays in the current US political climate. It does not govern and it does not make laws, and it cannot uphold or police those laws. But the press can dive into research and report what it finds.
A good paper is not cynical, but critical. Its reporters and editors are not unprofessional, but hold themselves to high standards of journalistic integrity.
The same could be said about educators who are critical of schooling practices that are only rooted in the past, ignorant of today, and blind to the future.
The passions of these agents should not be based on unfounded bias, but on experience, rigorous research, and reflective practice. Like a watchdog, they are a check and measure because they monitor and they alert when they sense danger.
These critics are not whiners or complainers. They are a dissenting voice that does not deny that some things are good. However, they recognise that things could be better and they are willing to point those out.