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Larry Cuban: What Has Done More to Improve Living Standards: Indoor Toilets, Air-Conditioning, or Smartphones?

June 5, 2016

Larry Cuban is always insightful and thought provoking. In this case I think he overlooked one of the underlying elements of Nation at Risk and it’s progeny- NCLB and RTTT. They are all based on the premise that  the education system “manufactures” a product and it’s major problem is that it lacks efficiency. In order to operate more efficiently as a manufacturing enterprise, public schools need more standardization, better “quality control” mechanisms based on whether those standards are met, and marketplace consequences if the factory “manufacturing” the children is a failure. The real paradox is that efficiency is the enemy when it comes to operating democratically governed human enterprises.  

Larry Cuban writes on his blog about the most important inventions that have raised our nation’s standard of living. He poses the question that is the title of this post. He supposes that mos…

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