Beware the messiah complex

What extends from the notion of the “achievement gap” is a messiah complex that fuels people rallied around “saving” children from themselves, their families, and their communities. Education reformers’ messiah complex manifests in the belief that the end (a “shot” in life via high test scores) justifies the means (mechanized and routinized instruction, ignoring or dismissing community input and cultural contexts, steam-rolling the concerns of veteran educators, etc.).

Camika Royal via http://dianeravitch.net/2012/11/13/camika-royal-responds-to-critics

2 Responses to “Beware the messiah complex”

  1. Dom beat me to it!. What is scary is that he is a “messiah” who sees the future as a rose tinted view of his own past educational experiences, and honestly believes that his experiences writing headlines for News International qualify him for the job as Education Secretary. Those educators who oppose him are of course simply ‘wrong’ because they are too informed.

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