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  •  nice point (5+ / 0-)
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    ybruti, TomP, ladybug53, Pris from LA, Tookish

    it should be an oasis, but the beauty of this metaphor is that expecting that oasis to CHANGE a much more powerful society of inequity is a mirage

    •  Yes. An oasis is just a safe place (2+ / 0-)
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      Pris from LA, Tookish

      From the society and cannot change it.

      CitizenX: "If the republicans were in charge GM & Chrysler would be dead and Osama bin Laden would be alive."

      by TomP on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 10:07:57 AM PDT

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    •  The Milwaukee report linked earlier (0+ / 0-)

      in these comments stated that

      extremely committed teachers who work with the belief that all students can succeed

      are an imperative part of the necessary change required to close the Achievement Gap. In another recent diary you linked us to the Berliner report that also advocated early education changes modeled after successful programs, as does the Milwaukee report.

      Do you think both of these research reports' conclusions are just wishful thinking reflecting a mirage?

      Education is a key element in the change needed to end poverty. Education is THE key element in the process of change in my opinion.

      When responsible researchers like you emphasize the hopelessness of working with children who live in poverty, when there are lessons to be learned from successful programs in schools, you seem to illustrate the self-fulfilling prophecy of hopelessness.

      No one expects education to solve the problem of poverty entirely or single-handedly. But at a minimum, we have a right to expect education to provide the ability to read and do math. Without these skills children are severely disabled. Successful programs should be studied and implemented. That is the conclusion of the reports linked here and elsewhere.

      •  never said what you are rejecting (1+ / 0-)
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        I have NEVER said addressing poverty is hopeless. . .

        I am referring to measurable facts: school and teacher quality attribute only a small percentage of measurable outcomes. . .Measurable student outcomes HIGHLY reflect the lives of children, far more so than what schools are doing. . .

        And, for the record, the current reform movement DOES claim schools can do it alone, which I reject based on evidence (not my philosophy because I entered education as a field because I believe it can be a change agent). . .

        PLEASE re-read my final three bullets that outline what we must do, including reforming schools to avoid their perpetuating inequity, which they currently do. . .

        •  Your recommendations (0+ / 0-)

          and your concluding paragraphs express so beautifully the assertion that schools, through gate-keeping and stratified courses, perpetuate privilege. But you also say that

          expecting that oasis to CHANGE a much more powerful society of inequity is a mirage.

          Why is it a mirage?

          I take issue with this part of your statement,

          The political and corporate elite benefit from a constant state of education crisis because that perception allows them to point at the schools and distract us from their own failure to address the conditions of inequity that insure their privilege.

          I want you to consider the possibility that the political and corporate elite benefit from a constant state of educational inequity because that allows them to control our economic system by controlling wages, working conditions and power. Knowledge is power.

          The political and corporate elite have not failed to address the conditions of inequity that insure their privilege. They have succeeded in creating those conditions by using gate-keeping, stratified courses and disabling early reading programs in order to insure their privilege.

          Yes, they are using this controversy to destroy the public school system. Why would they miss an opportunity to destroy progress in all its forms. But we are in this controversy because they have been doing this within school teaching programs for generations, from the start really. And parents are taking measures to improve schools. Where they are succeeding we should emulate their success. This is the recommendation of researchers from all points of view.

          •  yes (0+ / 0-)

            I agree totally with your last 3 paras and not sure how you didn't see that in my piece; that is the essence of my third bullet in last comments of my piece. . .

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