Friday, May 21, 2010

Duncan's "miracle"

More evidence of the fraud that was Duncan/Daley's "miracle" in Chicago. Arne Duncan rode the myth all the way to D.C.
Eighth-grade scores didn't show any significant gains between 2002 and 2009 -- a period spanning most of U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's tenure here as Schools CEO.Chicago posted no substantial progress since 2002 in closing the achievement gap between white students compared with African Americans or Hispanics, and between poor and non-poor students. (Sun-Times)
Now he's forcing his Chicago "model" on the nation's schools by threatening them with the withholding of federal dollars.

If you want to hear a bogus explanation for the failure of Duncan's "miracle," look no farther than his departing chief educational officer, Barbara Eason-Watkins:
She also noted that CPS schools are focused on state tests -- which can carry huge stakes -- and not national ones.
Of course, for the past decade, CPS has been teaching to the wrong test. Why didn't i think of that?


  1. Duncan. What a bozo. Let's hope he gets lots more media appearances like this. The more he opens his mouth, the more he becomes a liability for Barack. Zero opposition anyone? Methinks many teachers might be gearing up to give him a hot summer.

  2. Duncan's "miracle" has me laughing out loud. It will be great fodder for my class next week. Keep up the great work!

  3. Get him out of D.C., and out of the K-12 ed business, then give him a basketball team to coach with his rah-rah speeches, and have it be done with.

  4. I like how the charter people now whine about the unfairness of tests when ten minutes ago they used those same tests to trash traditional public ed.


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