"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

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Work Hard, Be Nice: My Review

From Education Review:

The KULT of KIPP: An Essay Review

Jim Horn
Cambridge College

Mathews, Jay. (2008). Work Hard, Be Nice: How Two Inspired
Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America
 Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books.
Citation: Horn, Jim. (2009, March 5). The KULT of KIPP: An essay review. Education Review, 12(3). Retrieved [date] from http://edrev.asu.edu/essays/v12n3index.html
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  1. ...you are on fire...

  2. Anonymous3:15 PM


    On my recent trip to AZ, I met a teacher as I was waiting for my 3-hour delay at the airport. She teaches in an elementary school in Lakewood, New Jersey - 85% Hispanic population - the school is literally falling apart but it's all about the tests. The teachers are forced into perpetuating the absurdity of testing children who do not speak English, who sleep on the floor, and are hungry most of the time. She says that she and the other teachers just "block it out" because it's too painful and too difficult to think about the directives coming from the state that are no way helping these kids, but actually doing harm to them. There appears to be plenty of money for more testing, but no money for fix leaky roofs, bathrooms or for school supplies. If anyone speaks up, they are sent to the trailer, or fired by the administration and everyone knows it - so she is just happy she has a job right now and health benefits - something none of her students actually have - but they still prepped for tests that they are guaranteed to fail - guaranteeing the school will also ultimately fail and be taken over and turned into a KIPP academy or worse.

    Just another story among thousands, maybe millions across the country as we wait for the next house of cards to fall at the education department -- which is totally prisoner to the business interests and the testing companies.


  3. Anonymous12:07 PM


    Your description sounds like a case
    of "slow-rape" of multitudes of teachers
    on a nationwide basis.

    Mass-numbers of teachers coerced to teach against their own values and personal beliefs.

    And the Corporate rapists add insult
    to injury by demanding:

    "Act like you LIKE IT!"


  4. I link to you often; this one is frightening!