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

Friday, June 23, 2006

"If you think we're alive, you ought to speak"

Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Agreed to have a battle!
For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
Had spoiled his nice new rattle.
Just then flew down a monstrous crow,
As black as a tar-barrel!
Which frightened both the heroes so,
They quite forgot their quarrel.'

If there could ever be a more appropriate political analog for these two delicious characters, it would have to the Thompson and Barnes Show produced by Bill Gates and intermittently staged at the Aspen Institute in D.C. Here is part of the latest flyer:
Washington, DC—Today former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, co-chairs for the Commission on No Child Left Behind, announced the second in a series of in-depth roundtables on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This roundtable will focus on how NCLB has impacted rural schools and assist the Commission in gaining a more extensive and thorough understanding of the unique, positive and negative effects of NCLB on rural schools. The roundtable will take place on Wednesday, June 28th at 2 PM EST at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.

In case you harbor any belief that these meetings have any connection with anything outside the fantasy creation of the NCLB public relations machine, check out Alice's, er, Annie's account of her visit at the Dum and Dee Show this week.

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