"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

Saturday, November 20, 2010

NCTE passes sense of the house motion disapproving of national standards

Sense of the House Motion

Passed, November 19, 2010

National Council of Teachers of English

The NCTE expresses disapproval of the concept of national standards to be applied to all students and of the specifics of those written by the National Governor's Association.

NCTE will alert its members to the dangers of expending major efforts on standards and tests, which make meaningful teaching impossible.

Submitted by:


Stephen Krashen

Carol Mikoda

Susan Ohanian

Joanne Yatvin

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