Saturday, January 28, 2006

Who Is Responsible For Learning?

Oddly enough, I was at a dinner/birtday celebration last evenning for one of our neighbors, hosted by another neighbor. The conversation twisted and turned and landed on the sorry state of the educational system in America and finally came down to one real concrete question and answer.
Q - "Who is, ultimately, responsible for a person's education?"

A - "In the final analysis, it is the individual who is solely responsible for her own learning."
I say oddly enough becuase a friend and regular reader of this blog sent me an email with this comment:
Public schools are better than private when demographics are taken into account. The place to work on education is in the home, not the school, because that's where education happens.
This comment was followed up with a link to yet another of the long list of articles writen about test scores. I suggest that using test scores to assess learning is as smart as entrusting your brake job to a monkey (or Shrub for that matter). That is, simply becuase test scores rise does not indicate that more (or less) learning is taking place. Real assessment of learning is going to take longer than a simple multiple guess, standardized test - but the public is not willing to pay for the real costs of true learning assessment (and teacher performance for that matter).

Right now, what are republicans advocating in terms of educational spending? This question is important becuase the article says:
"Right now, the studies seem to show that charter schools do no better, and private schools do worse," Mr. Nelson said. "If private schools are going to get funding, they need to be held accountable for the results."
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Lily said...

See the test scores thing is just out of hand in some of these schools, they teach for the tests and sacrifice many other in our school..RECESS! Its all academics, all the time. All about scores, and funding. Scores and funding.

SheaNC said...

With regards to who is responsible for one's education, I think it is a shared responsibility. We don't know enough about how to steer the ship of our own educations until, quite frankly, it is too late. So, I'm inclined to see it more as an "it takes a village" kind of thing.

stacy said...

What amazes me is no one has called Bush on the failure that is No Child Left a Dime. Why not?