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For Teacher Unions: Things That Go Bump In The Night

Posted on | February 15, 2010 | Comments Off

Author: Charles Taylor Kerchner –
Two forces will fundamentally change public education and deeply challenge the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. I will describe them, and then, I will pull the long-legged beasties out from under the bed, and try to show that they can, indeed, be your friends.

Both these forces involve networks.

  1. Computer networks that can teach or at least supply much of smartware for students to manage their own learning.
  2. Organizational networks that challenge the traditional notion of a school district. The corollary of the network idea is that the public in public education means what it does to Medicare: government financed rather than government delivered.


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'

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