"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, March 01, 2010

Teacher Speaks Out

Let's hope Jose Lara and others like him continue speaking out against the privatization and Balkanization of public education. Policymakers and eduidiots - including, unfortunately, our President and the Secretary of Education - do not have teachers in mind when the talk about "innovation." They're talking about CMOs, EMOs, online learning (run, mostly, by for-profit companies), and an assortment of other kinds of "innovation" - but none of this is done with or by teachers: it's done to them.

Be sure to check out Mr. Lara's video blog. I, for one, hope this is just the first installment of many quality pieces.

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