Sunday, December 12, 2010

Twitter Book Club: @DianeRavitch (2010) The Death and Life of the Great American School System - Ch 6

NCLB: Measure and Punish

"Republican John Boehner of Ohio called [NCLB] his 'proudest achievement.'" Diane Ravitchless than a minute ago via Twittelator

This scares me, especially now that he is Speaker of the House. What does that mean for education policy for the next two years?

I can't help myself from inserting this video here:

"Adult interests were well served by NCLB. The law generated huge revenues for tutoring and testing (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

Seems NCLB allowed most of those companies to have their cake and eat it too. Since the largest test publishers are also the largest textbook publishers seems their pockets are lined no matter what direction we go be it high stakes testing or a national curriculum. Unless that national curriculum were written by the teachers who use it.

"Under NCLB, the federal government was dictating ineffectual remedies, which had no track record of (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

"It seems the only guaranteed strategy is to change the student population, replacing low-performing (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

I know I have seen this strategy put into practice. Tragic.

"lack of attention to history, science, and the arts detracts from the quality of education, the quality of (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

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