"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, January 19, 2013

A weapon of mass distraction

Submitted to the Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 18, 2013
I suspect that the common core standards’ elitist reading lists (sample items in “Are you as well-read as a 10th grader?” Jan. 17) are designed to get educators and the public arguing about what should be on the reading lists, rather than focusing on the far more important question of whether we should have common core standards and tests at all.
There is no evidence that standards and tests improve school achievement. The huge sums of money budgeted for standards and for tests to enforce the standards should be used to protect children from the effects of poverty, the real reason so many students struggle in school.

Stephen Krashen
Original article: http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/2012/0625/Are-you-as-well-read-as-a-10th-grader-Take-our-quiz/The-Odyssey-by-Homer

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