Monday, September 12th, 2011

"How a small group of extremely wealthy men have captured national education policy"

"When test scores become the goal of education by which students and schools are measured, then students in the bottom half—who will inevitably include disproportionate numbers of children who are poor, children with disabilities, children who barely speak English—will be left far behind, stigmatized by their low scores. If we were to focus on the needs of children, we would make sure that every pregnant woman got good medical care and nutrition, since many children born to women without them tend to have learning disabilities. We would make sure that children in poor communities have high-quality early childhood education so that they arrive in school ready to learn. We would insist that their teachers be trained to support their social, emotional, and intellectual development and to engage local communities on behalf of their children, as Dr. James Comer of Yale University has insisted for many years. And we would have national policies whose goal is to reduce poverty by expanding economic opportunity."
—Diane Ravitch lists a bunch of things that are never going to happen.


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dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

The Guilted Age.

Werner Hedgehog (#11,170)

Sometimes the idea of tenure for H.S. and elementary teachers sounds silly to me. They don't really have to engage in, say, politically toxic research for which they might fear institutional reprisal.

On the other hand, given the wide variation in younger children's experiences and needs in the public school system, tenure is not such a bad idea. Teachers should be able to modify their instructional style and course content and not have to worry if it violates the administration's goals or "bottom line".

latenac (#44,473)

@Werner Hedgehog it's more often than not parents in certain school districts that show the need for tenure. My daughter's kindy teacher, a 20 year mostly unflappable veteran, almost felt the need to hire a lawyer one school year b/c of one parent's very obnoxious e-mails to the principal and teacher and school board about her. In poorer school districts obviously tenure is needed for other reasons.

brianvan (#149)

I think society takes full responsibility for attempting to blame others for what's wrong with the way we raise and educate children in America… so that's a start.

whizz_dumb (#10,650)

It's the rich keeping the poor children down, maaaan. But really, it is.

Anarcissie (#3,748)

Obviously the function of the education industry is to replicate the class system in which it is embedded. Jeez.

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