Who Defines Education?

I read earlier this week a post over at the Common Core blog about who defines education and why it matters.  The author of the post, Hillary Marder, was complaining about how governors were driving the definition based upon “economy efficiency” and the often tout developing skills.  That, Marder claims, fuels their talk of standards, etc.

She said the focus needs to be on quality content.  I don’t necessarily agree with those points.  We can elevate certain subjects, like math and science, to the neglect of other subjects.

One question that lingers is this – who defines what is “quality content”?

Marder answers that question for us – education insiders, as they are the ones she feels should define education:

Far too often, those outside of education take it upon themselves to define it. But it is up to the people within education—educators and advocates alike—who understand and live its inner-workings, to call for a better definition.

To be blunt though, wasn’t it those who were education insiders and those training the next insiders who screwed things up to begin with?  Much of what we’ve seen coming out of the public school hasn’t been education, nor has it necessarily focused on quality content; instead we see much focus on a whole plethora of things other than teaching kids fundamental skills and content.  Teachers and those who trained them are the ones who have pushed this along with any other fad they have wanted to experiment with.

Here’s a thought – let the people who understand and live the inner-workings of children call for a better definition – parents.