About this blog Subscribe to this blog

Thompson: Tracing How "Reform" Went Haywire

Tumblr_lpzih7aduP1qzv6y7o1_500According to Steve Brill's Class Warfare, an arcane finding in an academic paper by Tom Kane et. al became the basis of a revolutionary change that even Gates saw as extremely risky.  Three like-minded scholars concluded that surprisingly low test score volatility by teachers in the same buildings is evidence that teacher quality must be the key to closing the achievement gap. Then they apparently bought the argument that school districts do not evaluate teachers because it was thought that they "can learn nothing about a teacher's effectiveness." Three years later, they worked to prevent incoming President Obama from being exposed to dissenting opinions, condemning the views of traditional school reformers, like Linda Darling-Hammond, and seeded the Education Department with "trustworthy team players" from the Gates organization.  So, the opinions of a few policy theorists about things that " just seemed so obvious" to them weren't subjected to peer review or even robust dissent before being imposed upon the entire nation.  Through this path, Obama administration "unleashed a swirl of forces whose ferocity would exceed anything"  that even the reform wonks expected.- JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.

Comments

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00e54f8c25c98834015434b40e06970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Thompson: Tracing How "Reform" Went Haywire:

Permalink

Permalink URL for this entry:
http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2011/08/thompson-4.html

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This certainly bears out the view that paranoids are always right. How creepy.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in This Week In Education are strictly those of the author and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Scholastic, Inc.