Where do you even start?

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Hat tip to Mike Antonucci for this gem in his never ending collection of dumb quotes. “The nice thing about reducing class size is that it makes teachers happy in their own right and it’s the one thing that we know how to do.” – Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, education policy professor at the University of Chicago. (February 22 New York Times)

This quote is revealing on many levels about what is wrong with Colleges of Education, and with public education more broadly. But maybe that’s just me and my silly idea that we ought to be focused on the learning of students rather than the preferences of adults working in the system.

5 Responses to Where do you even start?

  1. CodyPT says:

    Matt….did you ever find out what NCLB says about staying at the 100% passing rates for the Reading and Math tests after the 2013-14 school year?

    So much has been written about the 2013-14 passing goal of 100%. I have never seen anything about what the law requires after that.

    CodyPT

  2. huh? says:

    Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is an economist who teaches at the public policy school at the University of Chicago. U of C doesn’t even have an education school.

  3. Patrick says:

    Admission is the first step toward recovery.

  4. I was quoting that line to my husband this morning.

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