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A "conversation" with the Dept of Education: Are we participants or just an audience?


by Stephen Krashen

I just participated in the "conversation" between NCTE and the US Dept of Education. It was not a conversation. Even though only a few people were involved, maybe a dozen or so (not counting staff members), there was apparently no time for any interaction. The feds wasted a half hour telling us what we already knew, that is, what was in the blueprint, then discussed (at length) a few of the questions that were sent in that they had selected. They even discussed a question that wasn't sent in that a staff member thought was interesting.

I send in my questions in advance, as requested. None were answered.

I resent them during the session, as requested. None were answered.

I "raised my hand" electronically three times and got no response. Each time, my "raised hand" was electronically shut off.

None of my questions significantly overlapped with those chosen.

I asked how the feds could justify so much testing, more than we have ever had before.

I asked if they were aware of the evidence showing that the real problem in American education is poverty, not a lack of standards and tests.

I asked why there was such a push for STEM when we clearly have a surplus in these fields and are doing quite well in technology and science.

I asked why there was so much focus on college, why a high-school diploma will soon be a certificate of qualification for college when college is not for everybody: people have different interests, different talents.



My report on "participating" in a discussion with the US Dept of Ed is at NCTE ning.

Stephen posted his questions here.

— Stephen Krashen
NCTE Ning
2010-05-25
http://ncte2008.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-conversation-with-the-dept


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