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Fewer Metaphors Needed

Posted By: Dick Schutz on January 24, 2006
Well, Frank. Since you didn't give us the scoring key to the question, I'm going to guess, "None of the above." The top of the EdChain seems to feel that they have to scare folks with unsupported claims that we're "behind other countries." No one looks at the substance of the instruction that is being provided. If you compare the substance of prevailing US math and reading instruction with that of Singapore's, it's no contest. Singapore wins hands down. Singapore's is not the best of all possible instruction, and in fact they had a little help from US specialists in putting the act together.

Taking a page or two from the Singaporean playbook does not mean that we have to emulate their form of government. That doesn't follow at all.

Nor is the lesson that "we're caged mice on treadmills." That's a "cutesy" metaphor. But anyone who seriously looks at "What are children is learning," to borrow the President's language, will I think conclude, "We can do better than this."

Dick Schutz
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