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THOMPSON: Have you No Shame?

Alsharpton Al Sharpton compares people like me to George Wallace, saying we are "smiling liberals" and "all a bunch of condescending bigots." We "co-conspirators" and "door blockers" are robbing America of $670 billion per year because we protect the educational "status quo."

Forty years ago, the United States had the highest graduation rate in the world, but we also had an industrial base. If my students’ parents were making $30 to $40 per hour for blue collar work, as opposed to $6 or $7 or so, perhaps we would still be making significant progress in closing the Achievement Gap. So, do we condemn our liberal brethren for failing to defeat Supply Side Economics and the deindustrialization of America? Do we need new witch trials into "Who Lost Health Care?," "Who Lost Welfare?," and "Who Lost the War to End the War on Drugs?."

The bigger question for the EEP, and Sharpton’s co-chair, is when will an apology be issued? - John Thompson

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A good whack, John! Don't hold your breath for an apology. But people like you and me are at the bottom of the EdChain. That's where the accountability buck in education stops. The "achievement gap" can be attributed to the failed policy of "standards and standardized tests." The "standards" are CONTENT standards that cannot be raised or lowered. The tests have diminished "proficiency" to arbitrarily-set cut scores on ungrounded statistical scales. The tests are sensitive to differences in ethnic/race and SES categories but not to differences in instruction.

It's not in the money; it's not in the klds; it's not in the water. It's in the instruction.

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