Friday, April 07, 2006

WIPTE

More notes on Joel Backon's talk:

The Han dynasty established a confucian exam system, pass - you were elite, not pass, you remain peasant.

No Child Left Behind claims to move people along through system, but end result is just the creation of a small elite (just like the Han dynasty did)

Most of the changes suggested to fix schools just fixes them more firmly in place. Top-down strategies are coercive, more stick than carrot, so they just frighten their targets, perfectly designed to diminish attractiveness of teaching as a career.

Thus the testing creates a power elite.

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