"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

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Reading First Preferred Program In Violation of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

One of my students last week reminded me of this from Article 26.2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as adopted by the UN:
Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
If there is any more egregious and systematic violation than the Direct Instruction re-education RF camps all across America with their torturous scripts and unceasing manipulations within an intellectually-starved curriculum of basic reading and math, then I can't think of one. We would call it what it is, child abuse, if we were not doing it ourselves.

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