"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

Monday, April 17, 2006

Duct-taped Textbooks

When parents are trying to buy body armor for their kids fighting King George's War on Iraq, I guess it is a minor inconvenience to talk about parents being pressured into buying textbooks for their kids in Illinois schools. However you look at it, its another example of world-class rhetoric and half-assed response:
Across Illinois, students are resorting to duct tape and rubber bands to hold together decrepit textbooks. Other books are so woefully out-of-date they don't teach fundamentals such as the fall of Soviet communism, a three-month Tribune investigation has found.

A survey of 50 districts of varying wealth and size shows public schools are failing to provide the most basic tool of learning: a current book in good condition.

Nearly 80 percent of districts surveyed are using textbooks in a main academic area that are out-of-date--at least 8 years old. About 22 percent of districts have books at least 15 years old.

Get the rest of this major story from the Chicago Tribune.

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