The vast education business is shot through with charlatans peddling snake oil because the mindset of the education establishment is anti-rational.
Contemporary education theory resembles medieval alchemy, with its high-priced gurus preaching contradictory techniques, because the basic fact—you can't turn lead into gold—is inconceivable.
Yet, once people gave up on the idea of turning lead into gold, they found there was a tremendous amount they could do with lead and gold and all the other elements. The age of scientific chemistry had begun, to the great benefit of humanity.
We're still in the Alchemy Age of education, though.
The essential problem facing any education system: half the kids are below the median in educability.
That's a tautology, so it has to be true. But, to our educrats, it's a damnable heresy.
If we could raise each student to his or her full potential—which of course would be much better than we're doing now—the top half would leave behind the bottom half.
Of course, that's exactly what we're not supposed to do, according to the No Child Left Behind act put together by President Bush and Senator Kennedy.