"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
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Invest in instruction, not in unnecessary tests
Sent to the Los Angeles Daily News, July 9, 2012
Because of severe budget cuts, LAUSD is cutting summer school offerings. The situation, we are told, could be worse next year, with no funding for summer school available (“Summer squeeze: LAUSD offers limited summer school classes,” July 9). The same situation exists in school districts throughout the country, with severe cuts in many programs and services known to be of great value to students, such as libraries and librarians.
At the same time American schools seem to be eager to spend billions of dollars of tax money on untested standards, to be accompanied by a massive set of tests that do nothing but enrich publishers and testing companies.
Daily News article: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_21039269/summer-squeeze-lausd-offers-limited-summer-school-classes