I may be missing some postings to this list because I didn't receive the
message Frank is responding to, but I know the book referred to and I
just went and looked at the list and was disappointed to see that I
wasn't on it. :-) But my man Paul Krugman even beats out Jonathan
As for Kozol, I remember the outrage we all felt after reading "Death
At An Early Age". I get all misty-eyed when I think of Harvey Scribner
and the "Vermont Design" and how excited I was by that reform movement
-- and I realize how much of an old codger I really have become. Some
of what I rail about IS the result of people taking Kozol to places he
might not have intended to go. But I want to make this perfectly clear:
given a choice between the way education was done in 1960 and the way it
done today, I'd choose today in a heartbeat.
Putting it in perspective for younger folks: around 1970, about a year
or so after I arrived in Vermont, a teacher named Sylvia Heuter (sp?
Frank?) took a job teaching elementary school in Newport (I think).
She was full of enthusiasm for the reforms that the "Vermont Design" was
suggesting, in other words, a stimulating, student-centric approach to
education. In a couple of months, the school board was ready to fire
her - mid-year. Her crime was that you couldn't hear a pin drop in her
classroom the way you could have with her predecessor. This was almost
their sole criteria for a deciding teacher's merits: a quiet classroom.
Today, when I rail against the idea of everything needing to be "fun"
in education, I do it with the understanding (or at least the fervent
hope) that we will never return to an educational standard based solely
on decibel level. However, I do think that maybe spending a small
part of a day in relative quiet might be a tonic for today's kids. And
I do believe we need to help kids understand that, despite Ben and
Jerry's slogan, sometimes, even if it's not fun, you've got to do it.
Information Technology Director
Montpelier Public Schools
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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>>> On 9/19/2005 at 9:47:29 am, in message
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> Thanks Mark for adding to my collection of what I am calling
> The Bill Gates piece is safely tucked away with others on my IPod.
> Bill Gate's "ALARM" is similar to past information from others - Ted
> Sizer and his work on high school reform, Jonathan Kozol's several
> books on the condition of American schools (Kozol is lucky enough to
> named 9th in Goldberg's book " 100 People Who Are Screwing Up
> He is higher than Howard!! - Gates and Sizer don't even get a
> If you believe Gates is only trying to sell computers check out what
> Sizer and Kozol have to say or visit your local high school and
> see ya
> Frank J. Watson
> 175 Poker Hill Rd
> Underhill, VT 05489
> "I'll see it when I believe it"