Let the debunking begin!
In The New York Times a must-read Samuel Freedman column looks at efforts in Rockford, Illinois that seem to produce results for a school and its students, but sadly run afoul of orthodoxy and apparently conflict with other district reform efforts.
Thankfully, and refreshingly in view of his valuable piece of real estate, Freedman is rapidly becoming a real thorn in the side of the establishment. Must be that he just doesn’t get it. It’s not about the kids, c’mon, they’re just passing through…it’s about the system!*
And from KY, the Pritchard Committee has a new study (pdf) out about high performing – high poverty schools.
*By way of illustration, this recent episode in San Diego really shows this. Alan Bersin’s critics hardly ever went after him about educational issues; it was mostly about how he worked with other adults, teachers, the board, etc…That’s what matters, right? After all, the kids come and go, but c’mon, people have to work here!