"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, 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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