"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, October 27, 2005


The battle to end the testing hysteria in America will be waged in the coming months as we move closer to the question of NCLB's reauthorization. In girding your loins for war, there is nothing like good information to counter the blind greed and missionary zeal of the social engineers at ED and within the growing phalanx of hacks of the education industry.

Check out Arizona State's Education Policy Research Unit, where you will find a variety of sources in pdf. format that provide context and solid data on the current education reform disorder. This page has some great work, Berliner's Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform, and a nice piece

by the Southeast Center for Teacher Quality, Research Reveals Teacher Working Conditions Key to Improving Student Achievement.

On a further page, you can find research,
The Impact of the Adequate Yearly Progress Requirement of the Federal "No Child Left Behind" Act on Schools in the Great Lakes Region, and commentary on corporate welfare charters and investigative pieces such as Bracey's No Child Left Behind: Where Does the Money Go?

Be ready, be informed, be reality based.

Jim Horn

1 comment:

  1. I take it you're against NCLB? Why?

    I think it's good law. It can stand to be tweaked, but I wonder how anyone could disagree with its premise of seeing if students are really learning--and all students, not just a bundled average.

    I consider it anti-intellectual to say that tests don't show what students have learned. Perhaps they don't, but they definitely show what students *haven't* learned. And isn't that what we need to work on?