Considering Real Children to Help Them Engage in the Practice of Freedom


Marquette University Professor Howard Fuller’s commentary on school choice is well worth a listen:

I do believe that education is about liberation.  It’s about freedom.  So, if people have freedom, but the freedom is to choose from mediocrity, then it’s the illusion of freedom, so that the fight for quality has to be a critical part of ed reform.  But at the same time, it isn’t just about high test scores.  We want to develop kids who can do what?  Engage in the practice of freedom.

To accomplish that, Fuller insists, we must be honest about the circumstances that children are facing and get off of the talking points that only make sense in “cocktail party conversation” so that we can address the real challenges of real people.