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

Monday, September 18, 2006

Open-Minded or Empty-Headed?

Spellings continues her never-ending road show to pump up support for NCLB's not-so-stealthy privatization plan. In Pittsburgh last week, she offered more lies: "I'm open-minded to different methods of measuring success. . . . We have to have different types of test elements for special education learners."

Let's do a quick inventory of Spellings' compromises to date:

  • ELL students get a year to learn English before they are tested the same as native speakers
  • only 97% of impaired students must be tested, instead of 99%
  • 2 states out of 50 are allowed to experiment with growth model testing for academic gains.
With this kind of open-mindedness, there is nothing for the ed industry to worry about: the manufactured failure of the public schools is slated to continue undeterred.

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