Opinion
Education Letter to the Editor

Keep Your Social Agenda Out of Education

October 20, 2020 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

To the Editor:

Enough with the political articles! The proper purpose of education is the transmission of the knowledge and skills essential to being a productive citizen. It is not the implementation of a misguided social agenda that assigns identities of oppressor or victim and regards preposterous equality of outcomes as proof of equality of opportunity. This emphasis on fixed identity groups effectively disempowers individuals from their agency and attributes difficulties to imagined systemic injustice.

In How to Educate a Citizen, E.D. Hirsch Jr. presents international studies that show a shared-knowledge national curriculum is essential to lifting students out of lower socioeconomic quintiles. In the 20th century, our public schools instilled common knowledge and social mores that guided children to adopt American principles, ideals, and heritage as their own. As a result, formerly impoverished and derided Irish, Jewish, and Asian immigrants rose to parity with native-born Americans. That is the clearly indicated path.

EdWeek, stop being a political platform and return to the proper enterprise of education. It is a huge mistake to veer off into the dangerous territory of tribalism. We know what works from extensive research and experience, and that should be the focus.

Carolyn Kost

Consultant

East West Educational Consulting

West Palm Beach, Fla.

A version of this article appeared in the October 21, 2020 edition of Education Week as Keep Your Social Agenda Out of Education

Events

Special Education Webinar Reading, Dyslexia, and Equity: Best Practices for Addressing a Threefold Challenge
Learn about proven strategies for instruction and intervention that support students with dyslexia.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Personalized Learning Webinar
No Time to Waste: Individualized Instruction Will Drive Change
Targeted support and intervention can boost student achievement. Join us to explore tutoring’s role in accelerating the turnaround. 
Content provided by Varsity Tutors for Schools
Student Well-Being K-12 Essentials Forum Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Meaningful
Join us for this event with educators and experts on the damage the pandemic did to academic and social and emotional well-being.

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: November 23, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: November 2, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 19, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: October 12, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read