"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, October 15, 2009


  • The Invisible Hand in Education Policy: Thomas Kane is now at the Gates Foundation; he was Michelle Rhee's thesis advisor while she was at Harvard's government school, and worked with Michelle in measuring teacher effectiveness based, of course, on test scores. Plenty more in this article about the intrusion of economist in education reform, particularly in the NCLB era.
  • Robert Skeels' dissection of the Green Dot takeover in LA.
  • The military eyes our middle school students: Army Studying Kansas Program for Middle School Students. "We want to reach students at that age before they make decisions that put them at risk," says Army JROTC director Col. John Vanderbleek.
  • and a NY Times article - the only one in the big media outlets - mentioning NAEP scores rose faster pre-NCLB than during the past 8 years.

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