Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The elephant that Obama and Lauer ignored: Poverty and student achievement
The jewel in the crown of this bashing is the misinformation-documentary "Waiting for Superman."
See a well supported refuting of the doc HERE.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
**Sent to The New York Times, Sept 13, 2010**
**Thomas Friedman ("We’re No. 1(1)!,"9/11) asserts that American
education has declined, our test scores are low, and that we must
therefore demand more of our students.**
This is all wrong. American students from well-funded schools who come
from high-income families outscore nearly all other countries on
international tests. Only our children in high-poverty schools score
below the international average. Our scores look low because the US
has the highest percentage of children in poverty of all
industrialized countries (25%, compared to Denmark's 3%). American
education has been successful; the problem is poverty.
The solution is not to blame students for being lazy (our elders said
this about us). The solution is to protect children from the damaging
effects of poverty: better nutrition (Susan Ohanian suggests the motto
"No Child Left Unfed"), excellent health care for all children, and
universal access to reading material.
Friedman article at:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
See this excellent compilation of the real evidence from SAT scores (it's not what you think). . .
And from FairTest.org. . .
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Test scores aren't the most serious problem (Greenville News, 19 June 2010)
Consider the resources below:
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Adamson, P. (2006). Child poverty in rich countries 2005. Innocenti Report Card (6). United Nations Children's Fund Innocenti Research Centre. Florence, Italy
Adamson, P. (2007). Child poverty in perspective: An overview of child well-being in rich countries. Innocenti Report Card (7). United Nations Children's Fund Innocenti Research Centre. Florence, Italy.
Barton, P. E., & Coley, R. J. (2007, September). The family: America’s smallest school. Educational Testing Service. Policy Information Center. Princeton, NJ. Retrieved 27 December 2007, from http://www.ets.org/Media/Education_Topics/pdf/5678_PERCReport_School.pdf
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