"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

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Opportunity Scholarship = School Voucher

DeWayne Wickham weighs in on the latest education privatization bamboozlement coming from ED.
From USA Today:
Spellings held a news conference last month to tout a bill that would provide $100 million to help students escape troubled public schools, her department quietly issued a report that calls into question the efficacy of that idea.

If passed, the legislation would make available "opportunity scholarships" for students in poor-performing public schools to transfer to another public school, get tutoring or receive scholarships to attend a private school. Don't be fooled by these options. Opportunity scholarships is a euphemism for school vouchers. It's an attempt to mask a bad idea with an appealing label. . . .

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