Thompson: The Credit Recovery Wars Heat Up In NYC
Eric Nadelstern, in his recent SchoolBook editorial, reports that one-third of New York City students fail three or more subjects, often because they were absent, cut too many classes, and/or failed to complete their assignments.
Done properly credit recovery can be beneficial but my students correctly dubbed it as "exercising the right click finger." Typically, credit recovery teaches the lesson that learning is unimportant and just getting "passed on" is the purpose of schooling. In response to these criticisms, however, Nadelstern reacts as if the state shot his puppy: "The response among opponents of this administration to credit recovery is about politics, not about students. To be sure, there were some principals and teachers who, unable to promote student achievement through other means, corrupted credit recovery efforts in their schools by lowering standards. These individuals need to be identified and held accountable for their malpractice, including by loss of employment."
From what I read, Nadelstern used to be a toughtful and caring educator. In this post, as in his venomous attack on dissenters in his recent Center on Reinventing Public Education report, "The Evolution of School Support Networks in New York City," Nadelstern sounds like an embittered casuality of the accountability wars.- JT(@drjohnthompson) image via.