Like No Child Left Behind, the Soviet state set goals for everyone to meet—or else. Since they were unmeetable goals, it produced a culture of lies and cover-ups and a climate of fear. Does that sound familiar?
After 10 years of NCLB, we should have seen dramatic progress on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, but we have not.
But what kind of society allows such disparities based on one and only one special "talent"—the talent some have for handling money? The ability to take financial advantage of his/her good luck?
Did the NEA sign on to TFA's agenda of minimal fast-track training, or did TFA sign on to NEA's demand for a full year of residency and a rigorous examination before teachers gain their license?
Bridging Differences is now on holiday break. Deborah Meier and Diane Ravitch will return to the blogosphere in early 2012. Happy holidays to all!...