"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

Human Capital

Today Sec. Spellings and her entourage keep up their sunny side journeys in India, looking for that magic something they can bring back to the States and turn into our own oversupply of engineers and scientists. Gushing always, the Secretary notes:
"....As Secretary of Education I am anxious to see how you all and how others around the world develop human capital and talent. Certainly you (India) have done that and you are doing that."
We can guess that the Secretary did not visit the slums, where millions of Indians living in abject poverty. If she did, what would she call them: human waste, human discharge, or just human liabilities?

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