Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Skydiving without Parachutes :
Oligarchs finally lose one


......Yet, school boards repeatedly tell parents the equivalent of “Yes you can jump out of an airplane without a parachute if it’s done the right way.” And of course, to be done the right way, instructors must be trained properly. It is obvious to the parents that for the various discovery math programs they are fighting against, no amount of training will make a difference because the programs are inherently bad. But school boards have had their minds made up.

.........Process trumps content: if students can show the thought process, it doesn’t matter if they get the right answer or not. Parents in affluent communities know this. In poorer communities, there isn’t as much protest.

I am hopeful that the Seattle court decision will at least force evidence to be considered. Of course, this means that school boards may now carefully craft answers to dismiss evidence that is presented and come to a decision that won’t be ruled arbitrary and capricious. But at least they will have to work a bit harder in refuting the evidence that jumping out of airplanes without parachutes leads to death.

In the comments to the article:

The Seattle's Central Administration said: They will appeal the Judge's decision. Appeal on what grounds?

I guess they will appeal on their right to continue to "Arbitrarily and Capriciously" violate article IX of the state constitution:
"It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex. "

Who does this Judge think she is, questioning the rights of the "SPS Oligarchy"?

Quite a forceful argument right?


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