"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

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Car Salesmen, Factory Workers, Teachers, and Fools

By now Spellings is back home with her black bag of money that she has been using to buy teacher votes. Here's a clip from the Dispatch on her trip to Columbus:

Car salesmen earn a commission for each car they sell. Business executives earn bonuses based on company profits. Factory workers are sometimes paid according to how many widgets they assemble.

"It works in every other endeavor, why not this?" asked U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings while in Columbus recently.

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