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January 13, 2009


Brad Jolly

John, I think you have hit the nail, but with a glancing blow.

We do need to change, but as long as schools lie to parents and students by passing even students who are far behind, and by promulgating the idea that excellence is a matter of simply throwing more money at a broken system, then those who are in the greatest need of change will not see the need for change.

Brad Jolly

John, your comment about "[p]roviding students with the specific learning experiences they need when they need them" is an important insight. When I was a kid, we had this sort of thing with the SRA reading program. It was fantastic in that some kids could blow through several years' worth of material in a matter of a few weeks.

I think the fact that some students could move quickly made certain people uncomfortable, so they stopped using the program.

Too bad, because as you say, it's exactly the kind of thing that is needed.

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