"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson 1820

"There is a growing technology of testing that permits us now to do in nanoseconds things that we shouldn't be doing at all." - Dr. Gerald Bracey author of Rotten Apples in Education

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Why is Education Reform Based on Theories Instead of Proven Methods?

Take this quiz and determine how you stack up with other readers:

Should we test educational programs before we implement them?

As the article states:

In an important post, Charles Elliot, PhD, asks, why is this so hard for our educational system? Why aren’t new programs subjected to scientific tests or at the very least evaluated based on evidence, before they get implemented?

Well, I guess our states have to sign over their sovereignty, adopt consortium standards, redo assessments and curriculum, assume unfunded mandates to find out they just might be considered No Child Left Behind on steroids.

If you have a minute, you might just want to forward the quiz results to Arne Duncan. He might be interested to see what taxpayers believe about education.

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