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

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More Than Half of American School Children Are Poor: More Accountability Testing, Anyone?

For the first time since the first ESEA was passed in 1965, the majority of U. S. school children qualify for free or reduced price lunch.  from The Washington Post:

Today the dipshits on Capitol Hill from both parties agreed wholeheartedly that the new ESEA will do nothing to address poverty or segregation, other than to weigh the hungry and to send more money to apartheid charters, while they disagreed mightily about how many tests should be demanded of kids who come to school unwashed and without food at home.  These poor kids' schools will be held accountable for their poverty and hunger, and the states and federal government will keep score and weigh the poor, while turning over the poor schools to corporations to impose more "broken windows" schooling to make the poor less dissatisfied.

All those who support this plan should join AFT or NEA and then send money to FairTest and Ravitch's NPE.

1 comment:

  1. Jim Hyder4:02 PM

    A kid with a good meal will perform much better in all ways in their school work and the getting along with others. It just makes sense. Also I have been wondering why our schools don't test for ability to understand the classes they are to attend and absorb. Some kids do well in some subjects and suck miserably in others no matter how hard they try. Shouldn't they be given an alternative subject that they might excel in?
    What I am suggesting is an aptitude test to see what they know and what their interests are so they can be a productive student.