What is there to say about the rude awakening that shook cosmopolitan, progressive minded Americans and the world?
Well, here’s a few positive spins on it:
- Trump is a chaos monkey that will assist us in building a better democracy by forcing us to re-establish the original balance of power our founders intended. (This would require the Republican party to pull up their Big Boy pants and actually govern.)
- The one thing that united Clinton and Trump campaigns was a commitment to investing in infrastructure — and it is the one thing Democrats are already reaching across the aisle to work on.
What does it mean for education politics and policy?
- Rick Hess: Who the heck knows?
- Chad Aldeman: NCLB will suddenly look really good to Democrats, on hindsight. And you can kiss any education related investment goodbye.
- Elizabeth Green: Education reformers will pivot their attention to long-neglected rural and rust-belt communities.
- Neerav Kingsland: Charter proponents need to recognize the populist appeal of local, traditional public schools and thus address fears that public schools will be harmed by charter expansion.
- Matt Barnum: If Trump actually wants to follow through on his anti-Common Core rhetoric, he’d paradoxically have to wield federal power.
What relation does this election have to knowledge or the lack thereof?
- Rick Kahlenberg: Civics and democratic values need to be explicitly taught. (But Andrew Rotherham and Doug Lemov are angry about the anti-choice aspect of his piece)
- Problems with our democracy are due to lack of knowledge. For that, we can blame schools.
- George Thomas: In our shift to populism, we’ve lost the educative purpose of a representative democracy as envisioned by Madison.
- “Trump was not elected on a platform of decency, fairness, moderation, compromise, and the rule of law; he was elected, in the main, on a platform of resentment.”
- An additional bonus of a knowledge-rich curriculum is that it can help kids do better on tests.
- Some are blaming Facebook and social media for the segregation of our attention from those who could challenge our “crony beliefs”.
- Three reasons to teach a knowledge-rich curriculum: cognitive, socio-cultural, and economic.