I could not agree more with Ellen Goodman’s recognition of the problem when ideology, not science, guides educational efforts (1/4, Opinion, “Abstinence-only sex ed fails another truth test”). She failed to mention, however, that in general, a progressive ideology guides such efforts.
For example, she might have mentioned the failure of teaching moral relativism in place of character education. Furthermore, she could have mentioned the disastrous failure of the self-esteem movement in which the empty praise of students replaced genuine opportunities to boost self-esteem (that is, by actually succeeding), or teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution to students as scientific fact.
She might have also mentioned the effort on the part of educational reformers to eliminate competition from the classroom, in spite of the failure of such efforts to pass the truth test.
Thank you, Ellen, for reminding us that educational efforts often fail because they are guided by ideology, not by sound research.