Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Through a Glass Backward

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Through a Glass Backward

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ALL OF us know--or we're supposed to know--that education isn't the same as schooling. Education, both in and outside of school, is all about making connections. And so it doesn't end when you pick up another finely engraved sheep's hide from high school, college, or a doctoral program. I've been out of school for a long time, and I keep getting educated all the time. Reading this month's special section, it happened again.

Readers will find much food for thought--and cause to argue--in this month's featured collection of articles on the P-16 movement around the nation. Guest editor Jonathan Plucker has gathered some provocative articles that challenge assumptions about schooling as we've always known it. From preschool, to teacher preparation, to school choice, to education for the gifted and talented, the idea of a better-articulated, better-integrated education system has profound implications. I hope readers will find some "educational" moments in these articles.

But my educational moment, my own connection, came in the form of just a couple of sentences in the article by Ruby Takanishi and Kristie Kauerz on how the early years can fit into a P-16 system. They wrote, "Vertical alignment ... is not a one-way street. It is not merely a downward extension of the academic expectations of K-12 into the prekindergarten years." Reading that took me back all of three months (editors have short memories) to Rona Wilensky's December article that made a similar point about the pressure secondary schools feel to ape colleges, which in turn ape graduate programs. …

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