Why We Should End Reforms in Education

Apr 2002
Education reforms are a constant social and political activity. Teachers have received more training, classes are smaller, more students have textbooks and they are of better quality. Curricula have been revised in accord with developments in cognitive psychology and advances in science. Literacy rates have risen notably and the average level of education in the population has grown steadily. Despite the many reforms carried out, and despite objective evidence of improved access and inputs, criticisms of public education have grown more intense and extensive. Why have reforms become more common even as they are unsatisfying?