"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

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Bad Dreams

I had this bad dream that Camden, NJ officials had dispersed crisis teams to help students deal with the trauma surrounding recent alleged test tampering. I awoke, came to the computer, and it is true!:
Amid allegations of test-rigging at Brimm Medical Arts High School, Superintendent Annette Knox has deployed counselors to boost student morale.
Here is what students said when they were asked to react:
The district has not always sent counselors to schools after traumatic events, students said.

Counselors did not speak to students in 2004 after Tatiana Adkins -- then a Brimm sophomore -- was shot in the chest while walking home, said Carl Smith, who graduated last year and now attends Seton Hall University.

"They brought in metal detectors for a week and that was it," Smith said. "They didn't make a big deal about it. There were no counselors at all."

Am I still asleep? Is this one of those laughing-crying nitemares? Tell me it is.

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