The Extraordinary Case of Mr Yamazaki
Solomon Kingsnorth

It’s a lovely fantasy, but there are far too many vested interests in public education for it ever to work here in the US. Never mind that teaching has become a low-status field of employment, and now draws from the bottom quarter of the college class. Never mind that many parents can’t be bothered to get involved with their kids’ educations in any meaningful way. It would take, literally, a revolution for this ever to come to pass.

Twenty five years ago I was in the educational publishing business, and even then education was unbelievably trendy, poisoned by politics, and suffering from bloated curricula. And in the intervening years it has gotten much worse.

This story ought to have been set to the song “Imagine,” by John Lennon.

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