Robert Hansen posted Sep 6, 2012 12:24 AM: > > Paul, even according to your theory, Haim's statement > is the valid conclusion. Whatever the reason for the > bell curve, if you challenge students more then the > curve will stretch. Whatever the myriad of elements > that define each individual's performance in these > subjects, making the subject more challenging will > only exasperate the spread, right? This conclusion > does not require us to identify the elements > (poverty, IQ, class, etc). For example, let's suppose > that the gap is predominately the result of socio > economic reasons. What the heck can an educator do > about socio economic conditions? Making subjects more > challenging would only exasperate this situation. > right? I mean, if the cause was predominately socio > economic then the only fix would be socio economic. > But when you purpose EDUCATORS to the task of closing > the gap, the only tool in their tool box is the > curriculum and the only way they can reduce the gap > is to reduce the challenge of that curriculum. I am > not saying ! > that it is their explicit intention to dumb down > school, but since they have no control over the real > causes, as they continue to mutate the curriculum and > favor changes that reduce the gap, there is a > selection process going on and in the end you will > have a dumbed down curriculum. > > Educators cannot fix the real issues, whatever they > may be, therefore, if they reduce the gap, they must > have reduced the challenge. If I made this statement > in 1950, it would be a conjecture, but making it now > with the overwhelming abundance of data in front of > us, it is a fact. An unfortunate fact, but still a > fact. What the last 3 decades have proven is that > educators cannot close the gap, but they can dumb > down subjects. > > Bob Hansen > Merriam Webster Online Dictionary: ============ Definition of EXASPERATE 1 a : to excite the anger of : enrage b : to cause irritation or annoyance to
Examples of EXASPERATE
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(GSC) We are ALL exasperated by native English-speakers/writers who just will not learn to use their own language effectively.
Definition of EXACERBATE : to make more violent, bitter, or severe <the proposed shutdown ... would exacerbate unemployment problems - Science> - - ex·ac·er·ba·tion noun
Examples of EXACERBATE
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