[Numeracy 320] Re: Controversial News Articles

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Claire Ludovico and/or TJ DeLuca tjdclaire at cox.net
Wed Apr 21 02:41:46 EDT 2010

Amen to all said by Chris! Although I have to add that Arizona, a
Southern state by some standards, is vying for one of those last four
positions...usually 48 or 49...and this year cut all state funding for
adult education even though we have the highest drop-out rate in the
country. Only some fancy footwork saved any program for 2010-11. And
so it goes...

On 4/20/2010 1:32 PM, Christine Miller wrote:

> Should't we at least consider having a national discussion about what

> knowledge we value? Coming from the South and knowing about the

> history of public education in the South in comparison to say, the

> Mid-Atlantic states, I am cynical about depending on state politicians

> to improve and/or maintain education. Georgia arm wrestles every year

> with Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina for the bottom four

> ranking order. I believe that a lot of our struggles originate from

> our shared history. Southern states were the last to offer public

> education and we have a checkered past when it comes to inclusion and

> realistic funding. The federal government interventions have sometimes

> offered the only relief from injustice. Hopefully, talk about national

> standards will include a broader discussion of how the outdated way we

> pay for education, i.e. through property taxes, means that those who

> need the most will always get the least.

> Chris

> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

> *From:* numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov [numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov] on

> behalf of Michael Gyori [tesolmichael at yahoo.com]

> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:37 PM

> *To:* The Math and Numeracy Discussion List

> *Subject:* [Numeracy 314] Re: Controversial News Articles


> The problem with national standards is that they become the primary

> means of evaluating performance by means of multiple-choice

> assessments. Linda herself is one of the leading opponents of such

> assessments, as evidenced by her espousal of assessment practices

> elsewhere that shed light on the reasoning processes our students

> undergo. They take a lot more time to "score" and don't lend

> themselves to digitalized scoring.

> The federal government already has too huge of an impact on what and

> how teachers should teach. The backlash to that impact is itself,

> IMO, a major cause of educational failures.

> Michael


> Michael A. Gyori


> Maui International Language School


> www.mauilanguage.com <http://www.mauilanguage.com/>




> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

> *From:* Christine Miller <cmiller53 at student.gsu.edu>

> *To:* The Math and Numeracy Discussion List <numeracy at nifl.gov>

> *Sent:* Tue, April 20, 2010 4:37:36 AM

> *Subject:* [Numeracy 312] Re: Controversial News Articles


> In reading the article about the closing of the charter school that

> Stanford and Linda Darling-Hammond ran, it seems like a good

> illustration of the challenges facing educators everywhere -- systemic

> poverty, diversity, limited resources, english language learning,

> assessments. The fact that Linda Darling-Hammond has the President's

> ear and hopefully Secretary Duncan's as well could be a really

> positive thing. The article said that the schools had shown

> improvments, just not the dramatic leaps which observers demand. Maybe

> this is a valuable "teachable" moment demonstrating that education is

> a lengthy process of many steps.


> I am trying to understand why the idea of national standards or a

> curriculum is objectionable. I am from Georgia and I see how bogged

> down our state and local governments get in the politics of curricula.

> We also linger towards the bottom in national tests like the SAT. What

> would be so bad about having a set standard of math objectives for

> each grade so that to say you graduated from a U.S. high school means

> that your math education included whatever is in the national

> definition? Another bonus would be that if students have to move

> during their k12 career, they are ready for their new school.


> Christine Miller


> ________________________________________

> From: numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov <mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov>

> [numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov <mailto:numeracy-bounces at nifl.gov>] on

> behalf of tsticht at znet.com <mailto:tsticht at znet.com> [tsticht at znet.com

> <mailto:tsticht at znet.com>]

> Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2010 3:58 PM

> To: numeracy at nifl.gov <mailto:numeracy at nifl.gov>

> Subject: [Numeracy 311] Controversial News Articles


> Colleagues: Here are extracts from two news stories that may be of

> interest.

> They seem to challenge some of the more innovative actions (e.g.,

> authentic

> assessments; professional development in math) that many educational

> researchers recommend to improve the nation's K-12 educational system. No

> doubt these reports will be considered quite controversial! You can find

> full stores on www.educationnews.org <http://www.educationnews.org/>

> Tom Sticht


> Posted on 4/17/2010 at www.educationnews.org


> #1 Middle School Mathematics Professional Development Impact Study:

> Findings

> After the First Year of Implementation


> Results after one year of providing teachers math professional development

> (PD) indicate no improvement on their students' math achievement when

> compared to teachers who did not receive the study-provided PD.





> #2 Obama’s Linda Darling-Hammond and Her Failed School”


> by Donna Garner




> Early in Obama’s presidency, it looked as if he was going to appoint Linda

> Darling-Hammond as his Secretary of Education. Instead, Obama decided to

> empower Darling-Hammond to complete the federal takeover of the public

> schools by authorizing her to help develop the national tests (i.e.,

> assessments). These assessments are the centerpiece in Obama’s plan

> to put

> the federal government in charge of what gets taught each day to public

> school students.




> By having national standards, national curriculum, national

> assessments, and

> a national database tying students’ scores directly to teachers’ pay and

> longevity, teachers will be forced to teach their students whatever is in

> the national standards and on the national assessments.




> Today we see that Linda Darling-Hammond’s approach to education has

> failed.

> The school she founded in California is to be closed because of low test

> scores and lack of significant improvement.


> A similar charter school (Aspire) in the same district focused on

> academics;

> Darling-Hammond’s school focused on project-based learning, subjective

> assessments, portfolios, and “students’ emotional and social lives.”



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