School reform, the public kind anyway, has always been met with skepticism by the population in general and by education experts in particular. They cite union resistance, tenured teachers’ reluctance to change, and the apparently poor results obtained by American students as compared to the power nations such as Singapore (5 million), Finland (a small country of 5 million), and Switzerland (another small country of 6 million people). South Korea and Japan are two more areas mentioned as having better academic results, but we forget that these two Asian countries are culturally homogeneous, meaning they don’t have to deal, in the classroom, with many different backgrounds and languages. Continue reading
Give me 20 handpicked kids and by the time they graduate from high school they’ll go to college and gravitate to a successful career (JCS)
Alright, I made this quote based on an article that showed that IDEA’s students were selected from the cream of the crop. A neighbor’s daughter, who excels at all academic topics, was quickly accepted for a tuition-free four years of high school. Special education kids need not apply as they will, if accepted, a big if, receive no preferential treatment. Neither will misbehavior prone students, intellectually challenged youngsters and those in general who don’t see going to college as one of their main goals. All of which takes me to the next step..