October 16, 2012

Education notes

Via Insty comes word that French President François Hollande has proposed banning homework from all French [public] schools. Why? Because "some homes are more conducive to homework than others." If you think that's silly, well, it is; however, sadly, I've heard similar stories (just not on such a scale) from districts across our own country. It's in the name of "social justice" and "fairness," dont'cha know.

Speaking of our own beloved United States, in Florida controversy has arisen as that "anointed" educational establishment has come up with the "terrific" idea of measuring student progress by race:

By 2018, Florida’s Department of Education wants 90 percent of its Asian students to be reading at or above grade level, compared to 88 percent of white students, 81 percent of Hispanic pupils and 74 percent of African-American children. In math, state educational officials want that figure to be 92 percent for Asian students, or 18 percent higher than that of African-American students and 11 percent higher than their American Indian counterparts.

“Separate but equal is not,” said Kris Amundson of Education Sector, an independent education think tank based in Washington. “I understand that this is recognition that students are beginning at different places — and that’s honest — but I think it is, at best, ill-advised to set different learning standards for students based on the color of their skin.”

*Sigh* Remember, though -- "progressives" want you to consider skin color. That is, for anything with a positive connotation. But while we're lumping students by racial group, perhaps these educational simpletons could recognize -- honestly -- just why certain groups do better than others. Nah ... because that would have to venture into the realm of the negative, and that is only reserved for the racial majority.

Posted by Hube at October 16, 2012 12:53 PM | TrackBack

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Hmm....I'm of two minds on this. One one hand homework can indeed have some value but for k-5 I think most of it is counter productive. Maybe some reading or a math worksheet would be fine but really after a fashion it can be overwhelming for little ones. High school is a different matter. There have been studies that say that homework may in fact, be counterproductive.

Personally, I think the factory model of schooling needs to be scrapped entirely. It was created to churn out good little drones who do as their told. Yes, I'm a hypocrite for sending my kids to the very same drone factory but that doesn't make it any less wrong. YMMV.

Posted by: Duffy at October 16, 2012 01:20 PM

What does "YMMV" mean?

I agree w/you about HW, Duff. As long as it has a meaningful purpose, I see no problem w/it. I am giggling, however, at the stated reasons Florida is feeding us.

Posted by: Hube at October 16, 2012 01:28 PM

Your Mileage May Vary?

Posted by: Hube at October 16, 2012 01:50 PM

Delaware is doing the EXACT same thing: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/10/during_last_nights_debate_betw.html

Posted by: John Young at October 17, 2012 11:41 PM

Thanks for the info, John! Will add an update post later today.

Posted by: Hube at October 18, 2012 07:40 AM