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Goals of U.S. schools -mid 1800s: shared knowledge for Americans -1920s: each student reaches personal potential, develops skills -1930s: schools should be efficient bureaucracies -1950s: catch up to Russian students -1954: desegregation, equal opportunities for learning Coleman Report (1966) -Schools still highly segregated -Gap in scores between black students and white students -1-2 grades in early years -3-4 grades by senior year of HS -School quality had no in fluence on student performance What mattered? -social class and race of student body -home backround -individual student attitudes Since then… What improves performance? -smaller class sizes -Private schools (especially Catholic) -Social capital -Teachers who use best practices: -teaching methods supported by research S tupid in America ( 2006) Think about: -international competition: monopoly -educational spending: more money but same result; Kansas city f lopped -social class: left behind kids; governor kids get the choice -school choice: Belgium kids have choice and teachers have to please them -FYI: Gov. Mark Sanford ...
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