"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972
. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966
Sunday, January 08, 2006
A Question for the Praxis
Here's a question for the the Social Studies Praxis Exam:
Based on the following quotes from this New York Times story on funding for foreign languages, who sounds like the bigger idiot?
"In order to convince people we care about them, we've got to understand their culture and show them we care about their culture," Mr. Bush said. "You know, when somebody comes to me and speaks Texan, I know they appreciate the Texas culture. When somebody takes time to figure out how to speak Arabic, it means they're interested in somebody else's culture."
-- George W. Bush
"We don't know how to do it. This whole notion is in its infancy. But our hope is this is a start, and we can build on it." -- Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
For an intelligent discussion and some background on this issue, NPR interviews some experts.
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