Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The School Reform Fraud
"To borrow from the old quip on giving up smoking: Fixing public schools is easy--we've done it hundreds of times. ... For the past 25 years, K-12 education has been at or near the top of most politicians' domestic agendas. ... There is no shortage of strategies for education reform, either. ... Conservatives generally advocate breaking up teacher unions and privatization, while liberals call for more money, less testing and greater teacher autonomy. But nothing has succeeded. In 2006, experts at the Harvard-based Public Education Leadership Project concluded that all these efforts, including NCLB, 'have failed to produce a single high-performing urban school system.' ... Sure, teaching can be an art. But educators should also approach their profession as a science when empirical evidence proves certain methods to be more effective than others. ... But really, why should a passing math score vary from one district to another? Because of NCLB's loopholes, many states have dumbed down their tests to make their schools look better than they are. ... US education officials need to use federal funding to reward districts that raise standards and help put American schools on a par with their international competitiors", my emphasis, Kalman Hettleman at the Houston Chronicle, 1 March 2009, link: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6285974.html.
More educationalist nonsense. See my 1 and 18 September 2008 posts: http://skepticaltexascpa.blogspot.com/2008/09/dead-elephant-in-living-room.html.