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Quote: How Will Reform Look 50 Years From Now?

image from scholasticadministrator.typepad.com Just as many of the current school reformers consider themselves to be progressive, American eugenics was considered a progressive movement, and was often couched in terms of concern for the children and for the future of society. -- Scientific American  blog via Larry F


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Goodness. Reformers are not hypothesizing what life would be like w/ education. They KNOW what it would mean because they live it themselves. Education in our society means access, access to proserity and out of poverty. The benfits of education in our society are neither experimental nor theoretical. It's the same as the abolition movement of the 19th century. And good ol Larry (quote above) would be making an argument that freedom would only bring pain and suffering to the slaves. Disgusting.

Larry F. apparently pointed Alexander to the post, but it's not Larry's post; it's by Cedar Reiner. Here are some of the points he makes:

"Recognizing the noble intentions of the past allows us to compare it to the present and find the same misguided assumptions about human nature. ...

The first error of the eugenicists, and of the school reformers, is a deterministic view of a complex and uncertain process. The eugenicists began with Darwin’s animal models and findings that diseases run in families and jumped to the conclusion that genes determine everything from criminality to genius. Today’s school reformers begin with the finding that the teacher is the relatively largest in-school predictor of academic achievement as measured by test scores, and quickly jump to: ". . . the single most important factor determining whether students succeed in school is not the color of their skin or their ZIP code or even their parents' income -- it is the quality of their teacher." Without a doubt, teachers matter. But to argue that a child’s teacher is the single most important factor in school success writ large is an unsupported leap from suggesting that certain test scores are more influenced by good teaching than by other conveniently measured variables."

Thank you! Eugenics through education! somebody else finally sees it. It was clear all along if you know history. Even down to the head of the system being called a chancellor. We are educators. We should be able to make comparisons and contrasts immediately. Wake up educators. Wake up! Michelle Rhee equates her role in education reform to that of leader of the Civil Rights Movement. So is she saying she another .... Martin Luther King, Jr.? What!

Sorry for the previous typos...got a little excited.

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