Monday, August 25, 2008

[TIPS] Not low expectations, but unrealistic ones?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121936528440062155.html (excerpt here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121927058709858197.html?mod=Books)


You may have to log in to see that. Not sure. But, according to the book by Charles Murray entitled, “Real Education”, ( http://www.amazon.com/Real-Education-Bringing-Americas-Schools/dp/0307405389/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219711842&sr=8-1) the problem with our schools may not be one of schools that expect too little and then are upset when they GET it, but rather schools that expect too MUCH. Unrealistic expectations.

Can we even SAY that? ;-)

“The problem with American education, according to Mr. Murray, is not what President Bush termed the "soft bigotry of low expectations" but rather the opposite: Far too many young people with inherent intellectual limitations are being pushed to advance academically when, Mr. Murray says, they are "just not smart enough" to improve much at all. It is "a triumph of hope over experience*," he says, to believe that school reform can make meaningful improvements in the academic performance of below-average students. (He might have noted, but doesn't, that such students are disproportionately black and Hispanic.)”

How many of us have argued that same point? An interesting read. Check it out.

* I always thought that quote was in reference to second marriages. :-)

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