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3 Replies to “Drilling And Brilling”
This is an excellent essay indeed. In the beginning paragraph Mr. Brill gives the example of a novice journalism student who accepts a fact without asking a crucial question, “Is it true?”
And so it is with the “reform” movement. It started with a “miracle” in Texas that was copied by “educators” across the country. Suddenly educational miracles were being reported in New York, DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles and elsewhere. Why, there were teachers who reported test scores that went from the thirteenth to the ninetieth percentiles in one year! People applauded and catapulted these individuals into national prominence. But journalists did not check the facts. They did not ask, “Is this true?”
Finally a few brave and independent journalists began to ask questions but their comments were confined to the local arena until USA Today did a thorough investigation of “miraculous” test scores and found a bunch of lies.
So, yes, many of us DO deny educational “reform” because we know it’s not true.
Linda: Well said!
What you won’t get from The Washington Post, NYT, NYRB, or The Nation:
A analysis of Mr. Brill and his “facts.”