"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rothstein Educates Pay Per Score Advocates

From Ideas in Action:


  1. Thanks for posting this, Jim. I had read that the George W. Bush Institute was working on a PBS project but wasn't sure when it would appear. More info here @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/22/george-w-bush-institute-t_n_400777.html

  2. Monica1:52 PM

    Interesting how both the men point to the absurdity of one principal fairly evaluating 30 (or more) teachers, while teachers themmselves are expected to be effective on multiple levels with 30 (or many more) students...

  3. I am a little bothered by Mr. Rothstein's logic. He failed to point out the serious problems with standardized tests themselves. The assumption was that they are a great and effective way to evaluate teachers and schools. That assumption is highly flawed and therefore most of the discussion was irrelevant. We have to come up with better talking points than "narrowing the curriculum." He also should have brought up the many variables to student achievement that are beyond the control of the teacher. This was not a stellar performance.

  4. Anonymous4:38 PM

    To Monica above... brillant point.