From: Haim <email@example.com> Date sent: 17 Oct 01 13:35:24 -0400 (EDT) Subject: stop testing children To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: stop testing children > Author: mattsmom <email@example.com> > Date: 17 Oct 01 08:48:36 -0400 (EDT) > > >The only two factors that correlate with students' performance on > >national and local tests are: > > parents' income > > parents' level of education. > > Fascinating, isn't it? So, my question to you is: why have > schools? If teachers don't correlate with education, seems to me we > can save ourselves a pile of money. > > > Haim
On the assumption that your question is not just rhetoric I'll venture an answer.
We have schools because all students learn. The highest test scores, as a group, regularly come from those with characteristics described above. Those with greater advantages coming into the schools were ahead when they arrived and they continue to be ahead of students without those advantages.
Fascinating, isn't it. But really quite reasonable.
Steve Cottrell Mathematics Supervisor K-12 Davis School District P.O. Box 588 Farmington, UT 84025-0588