The Procrustes' Bed and Standardization in Education

Kim, Youngjoo
September 2010
Journal of Thought;Fall/Winter 2010, Vol. 45 Issue 3/4, p9
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the standardized education system in the U.S. The author reflects on the story of Procrustes, a mythological character known for cutting the limbs of his victims to fit the length of his bed which is likened to the standardized education. A discussion of the merits of the standardized system, including accountability of institutions down to the students, is presented. The author infers that reforming the education system will be a success when there is increased diversity and participatory democracy at the core of curricula.


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