“Class Struggle” is dedicated to sweeping all dialogue about poverty, economic injustice, and social inequity under the rug in favor of discussing test scores, the saintliness of KIPP, corporate missionaries from TFA, and a litany of other quick-fix education programs and test-happy pedagogical approaches. Show me a test and I’ll pump it; heck, the newspaper I write for pulls in the majority of its profits from Kaplan (do you really think I’d bite the hand that feeds me?). Visit “Class Struggle” any time you want a puff piece on DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee, a sanitized version of charter chaingangs, or just a little bit of reassurance about the legitimacy of the testing regime known as No Child Left Behind. Happy testing, kids!
"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
Monday, November 02, 2009
A few days ago, Jay Mathews over at the WaPo asked, "Are Post authors biased?" Jay, is the Pope Catholic? In the same column, readers are invited to submit disclaimers Jay could insert at the top of his blog posts. Submit your own - either here or at WaPo. Below is my suggestion, which is sure to be DENIED: