Efforts by the Bloomberg administration to add accountability to the public school system have included moving quickly to shut down schools deemed beyond repair, and rewarding those that make significant progress on standardized tests. Those initiatives seemed to collide last week, when teachers and principals at five of the failed schools earned cash bonuses for their successes.The New York Times this morning, during Bush Co.'s final crony giveaway ploy, is spending inches of good ink following a big story on whether or not some school teachers did or did not earn five thousand dollar bonuses for jobs done in their crumbling public schools. If the Times or the other media capitulators to corporatism had kept such a close eye on the oligarchs of Wall Street, perhaps we could have entirely avoided the manufactured crisis whose underside still remains entirely uninvestigated by the New York Times. Instead, they are busy connecting the dots on the bonuses-for-failing-school scandal. Excuse me while I puke.
"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
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Corporate Media Closely Monitoring the Powerless for a Full Accounting