Today, in an emailed response to my post on the ETS report that reaffirms our understanding that the schools cannot control all the variables that contribute to a quality education for all children, one of our most able administrators reminded me that although some elements of the educational equation are indeed out of our control,we must do our best with those elements that are still within our control. I concur one hundred percent.
This was an informative article and thank you for sending it. A concern I have about the article is that some educators use poverty (or ethnicity or ???) as excuses for not teaching all children or for lowering expectations for some children. Marzano’s research shows incredible student achievement gains for all students including those from poverty, single parent homes, etc. when effective instruction is consistently in place. There was no reference to his 35 years of research in the ETS article. While we all want families to be more responsible, in the absence of stable homes and strong parenting practices, our best efforts in the classroom need to come into play.
The above reference to “35 years of research” refers to a quote from Robert Marzano, and at least one other well-known educator, that we are the beneficiaries of 35 years of education research that consistently points to the fact that we do know what to do to educate our kids — we just have to have the fortitude to implement the reforms and cough up the necessary bucks. — Hugh