Most of us agree that young people are different. They come from different backgrounds, have different aptitudes, personalities, strengths and beliefs and also they learn differently. We celebrate these differences. So why do the values of standardization and uniformity dominate our public school system?
It wasn’t always this way. In our nation’s early history, our public schools used to be more receptive and respectful of these differences, but as the years have passed, schools have grown less and less tolerant of these differences.
How did our public schools come to stand for uniformity and standardization and what are the consequences of these developments are questions Ashley Berner answers in a fascinating TED Talk, No One Way to School: Educational Pluralism and Why it Matters