"A child's learning is the funtion more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, February 09, 2013

It's the Poverty Stupid



More empirical evidence that poverty is at the root cause of education problems in the United States.  Will this important information and science continue to be ignored by politicians and the business community as they dismantle a public education system that took 200 years to build? Chicago is just latest city where students are begging to keep their community, public schools open as charters and for-profits move in to take over. They starved the beast, the public schools and the teachers unions, and now they can go in for the kill.

Poor ranking on international test misleading about U.S. student performance, Stanford researcher finds


A comprehensive analysis of international tests by Stanford and the Economic Policy Institute shows that U.S. schools aren't being outpaced by international competition.


Socioeconomic inequality among U.S. students skews international comparisons of test scores, finds a new report released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Economic Policy Institute. When differences in countries' social class compositions are adequately taken into account, the performance of U.S. students in relation to students in other countries improves markedly.



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