The punk band the Minutemen said, "Being born is power." Bertrand Russell said, "Education as a political weapon could not exist if we respected the rights of children." Who's correct?
In our interview with the late Ted Kennedy, he told Big Think that the next generation of children will solve the country's problems. Perhaps, but only if they are taught to think critically and creatively, says educational historian Diane Ravitch, who, in a recent interview, argued passionately against the standardized testing and accountability movement.
Harvard professor education Daniel Koretz puts testing in context, explaining why it is so controversial and Pedro Noguera, a Professor of Teaching and Learning at New York University, evaluates the Bush and Obama administrations on education policy, arguing that the No Child Left Behind act contributes to de facto segregation in public schools.