You Don’t Say

So….”the new math scores signal that Chicago is nowhere near the head of the pack in urban school improvement, even though Duncan often cites the successes of his tenure as he crusades to fix public education.” Really? Very surprising indeed.

Hmmm….”gains on state test scores were inflated when Illinois relaxed passing standards and that too many students still drop out of high school or graduate unprepared for college” and “Duncan’s closure of low-performing schools often shuffled students into comparable schools, yielding little or no academic benefit.”

You mean Secretary Arne Duncan’s methods are not the panacea long sought for by education reformers? I just can’t believe it.

Well, why wouldn’t we want to apply his Chicago methods to education around the country?

Sigh. My snark meter is running high today.

2 thoughts on “You Don’t Say

  1. John Spencer

    I am shocked. I really believed that when they created NCLB 2.0 and chose someone with no track record of success, he would be the savior of education. I find it interesting that most of this goes back to a horribly flawed 1983 “A Nation At Risk” report (while other nations moved toward a Progressive Ed – i.e. Japan’s current success). So, a report from 1983 created an atmosphere of 1984.

    1. drpezz Post author

      I love your last line! The kids are reading 1984 and Brave New World in AP right now, which has prompted some great discussions.


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