Re: Weapons of Mass Instruction
Jerry Bracey said:
"My, my, my. This is quite a turn about for Jim Harvey. Only a couple of
years ago, he was still mouthing all the oh-ain't-schools-awful rhetoric."
God, I just love epiphanies.
----- Original Message -----
From: "gerald w. bracey" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [arn-l] Weapons of Mass Instruction
> My, my, my. This is quite a turn about for Jim Harvey. Only a couple of
> years ago, he was still mouthing all the oh-ain't-schools-awful rhetoric.
> I do have to laugh when he says in his article that "about 30 of us"
> into Reagan's office with "A Nation At Risk." The document credits Jim as
> being on the staff, but he was really a hired gun writer and was generally
> credited with coining "a rising tide of mediocrity" and the other cold
> warrior rhetorical flourishes that adorn the opening paragraphs.
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> From: "William Cala" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: <email@example.com>; <ACTNOW2003@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Friday, May 09, 2003 10:33 AM
> Subject: [arn-l] Weapons of Mass Instruction
> TESTS: WEAPONS OF MASS INSTRUCTION
> James Harvey thinks we've badly missed the boat on school reform,
> misjudging everything from what's required to what it will cost. He views
> the No Child Left Behind Act as unmistakably hostile to teachers and
> school administrators. In his view, "Tests have become the nation's latest
> weapons of mass instruction." He writes that federal officials are now in
> a position to make decisions that would have been unimaginable even two
> years ago. They've established the criteria for disciplining schools,
> removing principals and teachers, and even defining appropriate curriculum
> for American classrooms. What surprises Mr. Harvey is that this truly
> radical reversal of respect for local school control has been put in place
> with scarcely a peep of protest. Harvey offers four common sense ideas for
> school reformers and points out that learning takes place in a lot of
> places besides schools -- and that a genuine reform strategy would worry
> about them all.
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