There are other references for schools/colleges of education as a
source of problem but they all are somewhat oblique. Regarding
their importance, however, blowing them up was not my idea.
- Education schools, meanwhile, were exposing several generations of
English teachers to the ideas of progressive theorists like Lisa Delpit
and Paulo Freire, who argued that the best way to empower children and
build literacy skillsespecially for students from poor or racially
marginalized householdswas to assign them books featuring characters
similar to themselves, and to encourage them to write freely about their
own lives (see Peg Tyre’s
The Writing Revolution,” also in this education report).
- Another strand of education theory prioritizes getting kids reading
rather than insisting they read high-quality books. Research by Sandra
Stotsky at the University of Arkansas has found that the average American
high-school student is most frequently assigned books at a middle-school
reading level, and that the difficulty of assigned reading does not
increase between ninth and 11th grade.
It came from reading research expert and then US Department of
Education's Assistant Secretary of Education Reid Lyon at a highly
publicized panel discussion chaired by Secretary of Education Rod
"You know, if there was any piece of legislation
that I could pass, it would be to blow up the colleges of
- November 18, 2002 - Forum on Rigorous Evidence - Transcript, P.
- The Key to Progress in Education?
- Lessons from Medicine, Welfare and Other
At 09:42 PM 12/22/2012, Wayne Bishop wrote:
The Atlantic Monthly for October
has a very interesting group of education articles entitled "Here's
What's Working". I have included a couple of representative
excerpts but, generally speaking, they make good sense. It does not
mention by name "constructivism" but the idea is there; it does
not work. In summary, conduct real school and actually teach.
Horribly old-fashioned, I know, but it still is the open- faced
"Teachers had thought it most important to care about kids, but what
mattered more was having control over the classroom and making it a
"Of the 36 items included in the Gates Foundation study, the five
that most correlated with student learning were very
1. Students in this class treat the teacher with respect.
2. My classmates behave the way my teacher wants them to.
3. Our class stays busy and doesn’t waste time.
4. In this class, we learn a lot almost every day.
5. In this class, we learn to correct our mistake"