"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

Friday, November 24, 2006

All the tests in the world will not close the achievement gap

The Times prints Judy Rabin's excellent letter:

To the Editor:

All the tests in the world will not close the achievement gap. When politicians and business leaders stop blaming the schools and start focusing on the real reasons for the achievement gap — the economic gap, the health care gap and the racial gap — poor and minority students may have a fighting chance.

Until then, the more than $2 billion testing industry will continue to reap a bonanza as our nation falls further and further into the educational abyss.

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations, Judy. It's about time that old liberal media started granting you the recognition you deserve, albeit not nearly enough.

    Really though, great letter, and I agree completely.