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  •  You don't understand (3+ / 0-)
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    iTeachQ, JanL, badger

    Scientifically based research applies to the studies that support the neo-liberal privatization agenda being promoted the anti-union anti-public education "reformers"

    On the other hand, any research that supports public education or casts doubt on privatization is ipso facto invalid.

    Thus the study you cited is not based on shoddy research, regardless of the methodology used. On the other hand, a study such as Stanford's "Credo Report",  which indicates that charter schools are less effective than regular public schools, has no scientific validity whatsoever.

    A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

    by slatsg on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 02:07:38 PM PDT

    •  You're right. (2+ / 0-)
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      Apparently I didn't realize I was living in bizzarro world.  I'll have to take that into consideration when I begin researching fact based education reforms that work.  Maybe I should begin looking at those that cannot be proven and begin basing my policy off of that.

      Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. Thomas Jefferson

      by iTeachQ on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 02:13:09 PM PDT

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      •  I like to have some fun at (3+ / 0-)
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        education conferences I have to attend. (I think I am entitled for having to sit through the endless mind-numbing recitation of the latest "reform" jargon.)

        When I hear a speaker use the term "student achievement", I like to ask the person the define the term and precisely how "student achievement" is measured for their "scientifically based research".

        They usually dance around the question, stating that achievement can be measured in a variety of ways, but in the end they always admit their performance metrics (and usually their only metrics) are the state standardized tests.

        A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

        by slatsg on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 02:29:18 PM PDT

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        •  And... (1+ / 0-)
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          we all know how valid state standardized tests are.  Even more reason to expand their use!

          Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. Thomas Jefferson

          by iTeachQ on Thu Mar 31, 2011 at 06:35:21 PM PDT

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