OK, another blogger at Huffington Post. Stephen R. Covey, the author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People now has ideas about education reform. We are to read his book, foster leadership in children, and everything is going to be OK. Where is proof? Of course, he knows of a miracle school that did just that. And of course, he writes another book to cover that story!
I don’t think it is just a self-promotion gig (although his books, and his consulting business are all over the blog). He may actually believe that miracles are easily replicated. Yet if he knew anything at all about the history of education and education reform, he would be a little more modest. Miracles in education are rare, but not too rare; they happen now and then. None of them was ever replicated on a large scale. THAT would be a miracle indeed, because it just never happened before. Why? Because we have a systemic economic problem in educational system, not a moral failure or a lack of clarity easily fixable with a book.
I could not resist commenting on some of our renown author’s writing gems:
- “unlock the potential of every child to lead their life”
- “seeking mutual benefit in all interactions with others — the golden rule” – it is not the golden rule
- “When I look into the eyes of the children, I see the hope of the world” -this is just a cliché.
What we don’t need is another reformer who knows very little about education.