I don't expect the founder of a computer empire like Bill Gates, or a lawyer like Joel Klein, or a newspaper editor to understand the art of helping children to understand ideas, or of constructing tasks to assess that process. I just expect them to have the humility, the simple decency, not to impose their ignorance on the rest of us with the force of law.The irony of this statement is so dense it threatens to collapse upon itself into a sort-of black hole of irony.
I'm guessing Alfie favors his own ignorance based reforms instead of the current crop of ignorance based reforms. But since the underlying purpose of government-run public education is to impose the will (or ignorance if you will) of those in charge politically, by definition politicians, on the rest of us with the force of law, only those politicians in charge get to pick the brand of ignorance being imposed. Those not in charge get to lament their fate and beg for humility and forbearance from those in charge.
It's the Progressive way of running things. And, Alfie is a Progressive. But, so is the current Administration. Which should give you an idea of how long Alfie's brand of progressive education will be out of favor.
And, by the way, Alfie is right about the current crop of reforms being no good. He just gets the reasons why (mostly) wrong.