Straight up Nonsense: Or, How to Diss Students with Differences
by Joseph Valente & Kathleen M. Collins — September 20, 2010
In an August 11, 2010 Education Week op-ed column called “Straight Up,” Rick Hess rails against what he terms “edu-babble,” naming our recent Teachers College Record article “[Dis]ableing the Race to the Top,” as a prime example. In this response we respond to his critique by revisiting the ideas in our original work and expanding upon them with new data pertaining to the effects of the Race to the Top. In doing so we underscore how both RTT policy and Mr. Hess draw on similar strategies that serve to “diss” students with disabilities and privilege corporate interests.
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