Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"choice for some and top down coercion for most"

John Thompson:

When "reformers" are wearing their choice hat, they can adopt any imaginative form of instruction they want in order to provide holistic learning opportunities to their students. When wearing their accountability hat, they can impose a counter-productive policy of narrowed curriculum and nonstop test prep on regular schools.

This is perhaps the most important point to understand about the realities of contemporary urban school reform.

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