This is what the teachers' union, core of the Dem party, looks like:
As for the suburbs, don't get smug: Why Beverly Hills Needs School Vouchers
|American Public School District, State||International Percentile Ranking in Math|
|Lower Merion, PA||66th|
|Palo Alto, CA||64th|
|Grosse Point, MI||56th|
|Montgomery County, MD||50th|
|Shaker Heights, OH||50th|
|White Plains, NY (in Westchester County!)||39th|
So take a gander at the Progressive Education Network: (Ayers last seen presumably with buddies nearby at OccupyChicago)
Translation: Obama Ayers Queering your Kids: Screw Math and ScienceConference scheduleA note about participation and location of sessions: All registrants are invited to participate in all generalsessions, which are held in the auditorium. Featured panels are for everyone & are hosted in the auditorium.The World Café session is for everyone and meets in the New Gym. The workshops are held simultaneouslyin many FWP classrooms. Participants choose which workshops they will attend. All meals are served in thecafeteria.THURS, NOV 10, 20118:00-9:00 Registration check-in (in FWP lobby)9:00 Buses leave FWP for site visits (from front of FWP)10:00-1:30 Site visits: include class observation, lunch/discussion with teacher & tour1:30-2:30 Travel back to FWP2:45-3:45 Debrief for site visits (in FWP Harris Center)7:00-8:00 Opening Keynote: “The Power of ‘Modern Day’ Progressive Practice: William AyersInterviews John Dewey” (William Ayers & William Schubert)8:00-9:00 Wine & cheese reception (in the Kupcinet Gallery outside of FWP Auditorium)2011 PROGRESSIVE EDUCATION NETWORKNATIONAL CONFERENCE“THE POWER OF PROGRESSIVE PRACTICE”November 10-12, 2011Location: Francis W. Parker School330 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL
Many public school kids are getting know where.
How can we close the achievement gap widening in our cities? NRO's Reihan Salam and Tino Sanandaji explore this in the latest issue--it'll take more than reforming the teachers' unions:
The achievement gap is not new, but its impact on U.S. economic performance is growing. The reason for this is simply that the number of minority-group members, in particular Hispanics, as a share of the population is rising.Yes, the first step is to institute more school choice--and we can't just throw money at the problem:
According to the OECD, the United States currently spends over $1 trillion per year on education, more than 8 percent of its national income. This makes the U.S. the second-highest spender on education among industrialized nations, whether we measure by share of national income or absolute dollars per pupil. Expenditure per pupil in elementary and secondary school is now in excess of $10,000 per year. Adjusted for inflation, this is two and a half times the sum that was spent per pupil in 1970, according to the Digest of Education Statistics. Despite this spending increase, reading and math test scores were virtually flat over the same time period, while, as mentioned above, high-school-graduation rates actually declined.What's the missing element--the one most parents have figured out for their kids?
Second, interventions should mainly inculcate behavioral norms, not cognitive skills — for example, social skills, an ability to control aggression, and a propensity to follow rules. Such norms are particularly lacking among disadvantaged children from broken homes and neighborhoods with weak social bonds. One reason to focus on these norms and social abilities is that they are far more malleable than cognitive skills, and thus more susceptible to the influence of well-designed educational programs. Moreover, social skills and norms of conduct are as important for success in school and in the labor market as cognitive skills.Let these children go.
Let all our children go.
The future of America is at risk.