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

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Seeking Views from New York City Parents

The New York Times has a story today about the Mayor's new charade to convince parents that they have some voice in the operations of NYC Schools. For those parents who would rather hold the Prince accountable for his kingdom rather than the subjects, here is a survey that may be copied and sent back to the Castle.

1=Agree 2=Disagree 3=Can't say

1 2 3 Prince Mike makes school parents feel welcome in making decisions that affect public schools.

1 2 3 Prince Mike allows friends and cronies to drain education resources intended to help children.

1 2 3 Prince Mike puts down parents and teachers who disagree with him.

1 2 3 Prince Mike has taken the public out of public schools.

1 2 3 Prince Mike blames poor children and parents for the economic disadvantages that largely determine test scores.

1 2 3 Prince Mike's testing and mandatory retention policy teaches failure to children at an early age.

1 2 3 Prince Mike would like to privatize the public schools.

1 2 3 Prince Mike's test-and-punish assessment policies will encourage dropouts and pushouts.

1 2 3 Prince Mike respects teachers.

1 2 3 Prince Mike respects poor parents.

1 2 3 Prince Mike's business model for schools has turned New York schools into corrupt testing factories.

1 2 3 Prince Mike's education policy supports the continuation of the income gap and the achievement gap.

1 2 3 Prince Mike knows a great deal about running a business.

1 2 3 Prince Mike knows just enough to be dangerous when it comes to operating humane schools that care about children.

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