There is a lot of anecdotal fluff in the article that is just plain wrong, and we see this far too much now days.
"Stigler knew that in American classrooms, it was usually the best kid in the class who was invited to the board."
Wrong. In fact, as the best kid in the class, I seldom got asked to the board.
We can rank this with all of the other anecdotal fables that alchemic-reformists profess, along with "students are taught to memorize" or "students are taught only rote procedure".
Note: Alchemic-reformists are those that believe that mass success in education is attainable through a magical scholastic formula, irregardless of the students' interests, culture, ability or home situation.
In many parts of Chicago, more kids get shot in the head, by other kids, than pass AP Calculus. Stigler needs to go back to square one. He needs to go back and look at the students in those classes and follow them home.
On Nov 21, 2012, at 12:41 PM, Clyde Greeno @ MALEI <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: