. . .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
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
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...
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.
To Monica above... brillant point.