"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, April 10, 2011

Another high-level administrator without classroom experience

Another high-level administrator without classroom experience

Sent to the NY Daily News, April 9, 2011

Andrew Wolf points out that "Dennis Walcott is more of the same: Bloomberg's new chancellor once again lacks classroom experience," (April 8).

Here is another obvious case: US Education Secretary Arne Duncan has never taught and has no actual credentials in education. He has no background in education other than administration.

His uniformed view that increased testing is the answer to improving schools demonstrates that, like Dennis Walcott, he "lacks the instructional experience to actually fix what is going wrong in our classrooms."

Stephen Krashen

Andrew Wolf article: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2011/04/08/2011-04-08_dennis_walcott_is_more_of_the_same_bloombergs_new_chancellor_once_again_lacks_cl.html#ixzz1IxAUQ0f1

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