Hot Potato: Food for Thought
Why Johnny Can't...
1997 August 25
Everybody worries about the current state of education. This is true in Europe as well as in the US. We keep hearing stories about how students at the University of Miami can't find Florida on a map. That sort of thing. What's the problem?

We are asking more of our schools than ever before. The purpose of education changed about 150 years ago and is changing again. This is an awfully short cycle for something as basic to a society as education. Nobody seems to be ready to address the problems.

In our usual fashion, we'll attempt in the coming weeks to sort out what's wrong with education and find some ways it can be fixed.

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