"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

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up

Here are some fun links to explore:

1.  Education Reform Now (the 501c3 version of DFER) and the Education Equality Project teamed up to grade the 70-something gubernatorial candidates across the country.  They gave the Republican candidate a higher grade in 15 states, the Democrat a higher grade in 4 states, and the independent candidate received the highest grade in one state (candidates tied in the rest of the races - and keep in mind that many candidates did not respond to the ERN/EEP questionnaire).  Be sure to check out the criteria used.  It ain't pretty.  ERN/EEP gives, for instance, A's to AZ Governor Jan Brewer (!) and OR Republican candidate Chris Dudley.

2.  The Pennsylvania School Board Association's Education Research and Policy Center released a white paper about charter/cyber school funding.  I haven't had time to read it closely, but it looks like there's some interesting stuff in there.

3.  Richard Rothstein penned an excellent response to the Rhee/Klein manifesto.  It's a must-read.

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