"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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Newark Reform: Behind Closed Doors

From Bob Braun of the Star-Ledger:
NEWARK — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the wealthiest charities in the world, will use Newark to develop a system that could use student test score data to evaluate teachers. But no one beyond a small circle of wealthy entrepreneurs and some politicians know what’s about to happen in the city’s schools.

Some people believe that’s a good thing, arguing the private money will improve schooling in a system beset by problems. Others, like former Newark superintendent Marion Bolden, believe it’s an "audacious experiment with Newark’s children — a hijacking."
You might think that that small circle of entrepreneurs and politicians would include the interim superintendent - but you'd be wrong:
"I have some questions about that money," says Deborah Terrell, Newark’s interim superintendent. "I don’t know anything about it. I was never told about it."
Do read the full article here.

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