Sunday, February 20, 2005

Research and results don't matter when it comes to NCLB

More evidence that research and results don't matter, especially when you need to push legislation with an agenda.
It was that the panel essentially ignored most of the research while declaring a slate of unfounded conclusions. Of those thousands of studies, just 438 were reviewed in the final report, she said.
Yes, that would be NCLB. And by now, it's easy to figure out who benefits.
And the payoff for pushing phonics programs, Yatvin said, goes to the publishers of expensive and disposable workbooks that underpin those programs. Where library books may last five years or more of heavy use, worksheet and memorization lessons must be replaced continually.