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  • eridani (2973 posts)
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    School reform: What went wrong, what went right, and what we should do in the fu


    The greatest conceptual and most damaging mistake of test-based accountability systems has been the pretense that poorly supported schools could systemically overcome the effects of concentrated poverty and racial segregation by rigorous instruction and testing. This system has inadequately supported teachers and students, has imposed astronomically high goals, and has inflicted punishment on those for whom it has demanded impossible achievements.

    Public schools can only succeed in achieving their democratic purpose of educating all children with all-around accountability. This means holding state and federal governments accountable for ensuring that children have legitimate, adequate and equitable opportunities to learn. Ultimately, a child denied opportunities will arrive at school with high needs, and a school without adequate capacity cannot effectively address those needs. No amount of testing and improvement plans can succeed absent a strong support system.

    In a nation that prides itself on its achievements, the lack of opportunities provided to our neediest children is not morally justifiable. We must invest simultaneously in our economy, our society and our schools.

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    You've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right?  I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.

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  • Scuba (4473 posts)
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    1. "School reform" was never about schools or reform. It has been about …

    … looting our nation’s education budgets.

  • FanBoy (7983 posts)
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    2. FU WAPO & Jeff bezos

    • LWolf (94 posts)
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      7. The Answer Sheet,

      regardless of what you may think of the rest of the publication, has consistently published articles supportive of public education.  Things that you will very rarely hear elected Democrats acknowledge, because, as Smarmie pointed out above, they are part of the problem.

      Do you disagree with the points made in the book under discussion?

  • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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    5. I think that schools ran into a horrible force in the form of these internationa

    agreements” which basically have been gradually attacking public services of all kinds, education, health care and water.


    Even higher education is not immune.

    "Out of many, one"