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This week's COWAbunga Award, aka the "comment of the week award," goes to Citizen X
, who let loose on Roland Fryer's experiments that pay kids for their test scores:
The soul-crushing aspect of Fryer's theoretical framework....is that it lets the curriculum and the teacher and the school entirely off the hook. It's not a matter of creating learning experiences that connect with a child, her culture, her community; or creating curriculum that intrigues her or teaching that respects her and her family; or about creating schools where families and communities can find support and education and develop skills of active citizenship....No, it's a much more cynical view on students living in poverty. They don't care, they are only motivated by material objects that they don't have, they have to be bribed into "learning" (or at least learning to get a better score on a bubble sheet)....RRRRR! Get me out of here.