"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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Slow learners

The group of reading specialists invited to present at the US Dept of Education's special meetings on reading (see http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=698) look pretty much like the same gang that brought us Reading First, a program that failed every empirical test. The feds are really slow learners.

What's next for this administration?
Bernie Madoff as secretary of the treasury?
Sarah Palin as ambassador to Russia?
Rush Limbaugh as chair of the Democratic Party?
Or some basketball player with no teaching experience as secretary of education? (Wait, they did that already.)

1 comment:

  1. The D.C. voucher programs final report is out. And it's what's not mentioned in the Washington Post's story that is most interesting.