Re: Still Separate, Still Unequal
RE: Jonathan Kozol's article in Sept 2005 issue of Harper's Magazine:
One thing I like about this article is that he has some discussion
about the testing debacle that's been foisted on these kids. Also,
he describes the anti-developmental, anti-intellectual and
militaristic treatment that they receive in school, justified by
their principals with the explicit reference to basic skills and
standardized tests, and concludes that this has something to do with
an agenda to use the public schools to reproduce a docile working class.
I don't remember if he developed these ideas much in Savage
Inequalities, but that was written before NCLB, right?
Anyway, he makes another point that we must all hammer out to the
public in any way we can. He points out that the elementary grades
test scores spikes of 5 years ago (No Excuses, "High Flying Schools,"
etc) have not persisted into secondary schools. Therefore, he says,
those early test gains didn't reflect real learning, else they would
have empowered the kids to spiral upward year after year. High
stakes regimes go back 10 years in several states. Using the
standardistas' own metric, test scores, they have FAILED these kids miserably
At 03:15 PM 8/28/2005, you wrote:
In a message dated 8/25/05 9:56:26 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Wholeheartedly concur! Kozol's piece rocks.
The photo essay that follows the Kozol article is also very moving.
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