Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Race to where?

And in more commentary on Race to the Top and the rest of the Obama/Duncan education agenda, there's this from yesterday's Globe:

Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are rushing headlong down a path that in many ways replicates for schools the same market-based principles that have left our economy a shambles. We know that inventing new finance models created a hollow prosperity for a few.

Likewise, we cannot create a separate underclass of public schools that charters leave behind. Financial rewards for a few teachers won't raise quality among all of them. And shutting failing schools, like property foreclosures, fails to address the underlying problems.

There are better ways. We have seen this firsthand in our studies of high-achieving school systems around the world.

The rest, with examples from Finland, Great Britain, and Canada, are well worth reading.

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