The news that math SAT scores have risen seems good. But another education story is better. Star Wars creator George Lucas has been running a education foundation for some years that supports innovative teaching methods and goals. He says:
"Aristotle taught four or five people; he didn't have huge classes. Or you have the mentoring system - the cobbler teaching his assistants. Whether it's Aristotle or learning how to make shoes, you had a reason to learn. Education didn't happen in isolation. Maybe for the very elite, you can learn for the sake of learning. But for millions of students to learn, you need to know why you're learning."
Sitting here in my office, preparing a course that will have sixty students, I must admit that the idea of a class with four or five sounds really good. More importantly, Lucas would do well to expand his classical references beyond the Greeks: Confucius has a lot to say about education.