Sunday, September 16, 2007

Of Course, Stating Reasonable Standards Will Never Be Politically Correct

The following statements found within this article are representative of Utopian educational nonsense, and, as such, represent thinking that is partly responsible for what is wrong with American schools generally and educational planning and assessment in particular:

"Currently, there's no universal standard for all students. All students should be able to accomplish and succeed," said Doug Wood, executive director of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

Kim McClung, an English teacher at Kent-Meridian High School in Washington state, said most teachers teach to the "lowest common denominator, but they need to expect the best from every single student."

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