"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, February 10, 2008

TFA Becomes Part of Spellings' Echo Chamber

The Teach-for-awhile-liberal-resume-builders of America have wisdom to spare after their many weeks in the classroom. But, then, that's more than the Secretary has.

From the Houston Chronicle:

The teachers' ideas would have been blasphemous in some circles: Test students more. Start an alternative union.

The sounding board was U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who met with teachers and alumni of Teach for America on Friday in Houston. The program sends recent college graduates into the nation's toughest schools for two-year teaching stints.

"I knew we could learn something from these teachers," Spellings said, nudging a staff member. . . .

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