Sunday, April 23, 2006

'Radical Possibilities' by Jean Anyon

I also just finished reading Radical Possibilities by Jean Anyon, a book about the problems in our educational system and how to address them. This is a compelling book. Especially in the first half, Anyon makes astrong case for why we can’t fix schools by fixing schools. The issues of poverty and socio-economic status account for up to 85% of the variance in scores between the top schools and the bottom schools. I don’t have the background in these issues to know if Anyon is spinning the data or not. I’d like to read an oppositional book to see the other side of the issue but, either way, poverty is an issue that has a huge impact on schools and on school children and we need to look beyond the easy answers.

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