"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

Friday, January 18, 2013

Sloppy Smart(sic)Brief

Sloppy Smart(sic)Brief
S Krashen

The ASCD Worldwide Edition of Smart(sic)Brief announced the publication of an article in the Telegraph (UK) with this heading: “Educator calls for UK students to be tested on character.” Unlike the author of this heading, I read the article. It did not mention the possibility of testing students on character. In fact, it quoted administrators as being critical of the over-emphasis on test scores.

I am sure the testing-industrial-complex would love to develop and sell tests on character, along complete with video-taping of planned and unplanned behavior, as well as traditional tests.

The title of the article is “Pupils 'should get lessons in manners and punctuality'”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9804096/Pupils-should-get-lessons-in-manners-and-punctuality.html

PS: Yes, I sent a copy of this comment to SmartBrief.

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