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Roland Gesthuizen

Robert J. Samuelson - School reform's meager results - 0 views

  • few subjects inspire more intellectual dishonesty and political puffery than "school reform."

    Since the 1960s, waves of "reform" haven't produced meaningful achievement gains.

  • no one has yet discovered transformative changes in curriculum or pedagogy, especially for inner-city schools, that are (in business lingo) "scalable" -- easily transferable to other schools, where they would predictably produce achievement gains.
  • The larger cause of failure is almost unmentionable: shrunken student motivation. Students, after all, have to do the work. If they aren't motivated, even capable teachers may fail.
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  • Motivation is weak because more students (of all races and economic classes, let it be added) don't like school, don't work hard and don't do well.
  • Against these realities, school "reform" rhetoric is blissfully evasive. It is often an exercise in extravagant expectations.
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    "few subjects inspire more intellectual dishonesty and political puffery than "school reform. Since the 1960s, waves of "reform" haven't produced meaningful achievement gains."
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    Intersting to read about what many school reviews try to skip around.
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