"Some people may favor subjecting poor African-American and Latino children to 'teaching styles that stress drill, practice, and other mind-numbing strategies' because they assume that 'such children lack ability.' Others swear that they simply have the best interests of these kids at heart when they make them fill in blanks and even chant answers in unison. Lately, this kind of prescription for inner-city schools has been endorsed by a number of mainstream journalists and politicians. One reporter, writing in the ATLANTIC MONTHLY in 1998, endorsed a packaged drill-and-skill program called Success for All that is 'used almost exclusively in poor schools,' remarking that it may be 'punitive to local school boards, principals, and teachers--but they had it coming.' (He doesn't say what the children have done to deserve it.) The mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, also waxed enthusiastic about a pedagogical approach that relies on 'constant drill and repetition.' In his words, 'It's not that hard to give answers if someone just told you. They memorize back and know and get used to a lot of A's on quizzes.' So would he send his own kids to the kind of school he is advocating for those who are poor and black? Well, no. 'These schools are best for certain children,' he said."*
* "Winerip [Winerip, Michael. 'Schools for Sale.' NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, 14 June 1998], 1998, p. 47. The mayor, Bret Schundler, a white Republican harvard alumnus, enrolled his own daughter in private school. In the same vein, Jonathan Kozol dryly describes the conservative educational theorist Chester Finn's opposition to allocating money for the purpose of reducing class size. 'That is "not a very prudent investment strategy,'" said Mr. Finn, who sent his daughter to Exeter, where class size is 13."
The above heretical interlude from the Anti-Christ himself, Alfie Kohn, THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE, p. 10, another book no one need read, though it has 63 pages of footnotes and 30 pages of references.