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

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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