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

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Arne's approach to education in high-poverty situations

Sent to the Miami Herald, Nov 5.

Arne Duncan's reaction to the high poverty (80%) and resulting (and well-documented) "deplorable conditions" in schools in Haiti was to recommend "clear data systems" in order to keep track of enrollment and student progress ("US Education secretary visits Haiti classrooms," Nov 5).

Next he will recommend that fire departments invest in expensive and highly precise thermometers so that firefighters get the exact temperature of dangerous and rapidly spreading fires before trying to put them out.

Stephen Krashen

original article: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/11/05/3733783/us-education-secretary-visits.html

1 comment:

  1. Did you see this? https://twitter.com/arneduncan/status/397804168611913728/photo/1

    Just what we need. Big rooms full of hundreds of silent black students.