As a result of pressures to raise test scores, "one Florida superintendent observed that 'when a low-performing child walks into a classroom, instead of being seen as a challenge, or an opportunity for improvement, for the first time since I've been in education, teachers are seeing him or her as a liability,'" Kohn writes in Feel-Bad Education.
Feel-Bad Education will be available in April 2011.
So here's Hollywood's response: a new genre called the feel-bad movie.
The plots of the feel-bad genre focus on revenge-seeking crime victims, terrorist assaults, disappearing Iraq vets and lovers who've learned to hate each other--really hate each other.
At the same time, the feel-bad genre (which is only in its early stages) is becoming downright oppressive.
The feel-good Elaine May-Neil Simon comedy has been reshaped into a feel-bad mess.