We speak–often in critical tones–of education as if it was a homogenous whole. But it is really several overlaid structures or models:
These are interdependent and the economic and delivery structures model in particular are so tightly connected most don’t see them as separate things.
Education cannot be treated as a single entity when it comes to reform. CORE, STEM (or even STEAM) or in my jurisdiction, the BC Ed Plan, may be laudable, may be necessary, but they’re hardly sufficient to bing about the reform we seek. Unless we address the other two structures at the same time, we will find ourselves merely swapping one set of pedagogical standards for another. The force those two unchanged structures exert will dampen any effects of pedagogical change.