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operative 05-05-2011 04:48 PM

Great Stories in American Education
 
First one: nearly half of all Detroit residents are functionally illiterate.
http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/05/...ers-cant-read/

miceelf 05-05-2011 04:59 PM

Re: Great Stories in American Education
 
I am not at all claiming that there aren't problems with education, particularly with inner city schools, but I would point out that there's a lot of developing research that notes that trauma exposure dramatically limits people's ability to learn.

This may be somewhat stereotypical, but I would suspect that the residents of Detroit probably have relatively high levels of trauma exposure.

(yes, I am sure the illiteracy rate is overdetermined. But there is a broader context to these problems.)

operative 05-05-2011 05:03 PM

Re: Great Stories in American Education
 
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Originally Posted by miceelf (Post 207521)
I am not at all claiming that there aren't problems with education, particularly with inner city schools, but I would point out that there's a lot of developing research that notes that trauma exposure dramatically limits people's ability to learn.

This may be somewhat stereotypical, but I would suspect that the residents of Detroit probably have relatively high levels of trauma exposure.

(yes, I am sure the illiteracy rate is overdetermined. But there is a broader context to these problems.)

I think that the success of charter schools, particularly those that take children from the same inner cities that produce illiterates, challenges those notions. It's certainly reasonable to argue that those in inner city situations are more likely to experience trauma--they're more likely to see gang violence, the ravages of drug addiction, etc. I do not accept that this is deterministic.

bjkeefe 05-05-2011 07:15 PM

Re: Great Stories in American Education
 
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Originally Posted by operative (Post 207517)
First one: nearly half of all Detroit residents are functionally illiterate.

Second one: only six percent of white evangelicals believe human beings evolved through natural selection.

[Added: And here's how to fix that!]

Also, from B'head Tom Scocca: "Economist Asks, Why Can't Public Schools Serve Poor People Better, Like Supermarkets Do?"

bjkeefe 05-05-2011 07:16 PM

Re: Great Stories in American Education
 
Third one: David Barton, history teacher of your Republican Party.

operative 05-05-2011 07:28 PM

Re: Great Stories in American Education
 
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Originally Posted by bjkeefe (Post 207543)
Second one: only six percent of white evangelicals believe human beings evolved through natural selection.

The public at large is a far more encouraging 39% (http://www.gallup.com/poll/114544/da...evolution.aspx)

operative 05-05-2011 07:53 PM

Re: Great Stories in American Education
 
I'm pretty sure this has been covered either in a diavlog or a discussion but just to cover all of our grounds, not only do we have pockets of massive illiteracy, not only are we in the 17th century scientifically, but yes, we also suck at math: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011004.pdf


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