This is a test.
Can you identify which well-known education reformer(s) made each of the following statements about what we need in public education? (Don’t cheat; answers are at the end).
- This reformer envisions a U.S. educational system in which “teaching experience regularly incorporates methods like interdisciplinary and project-based learning, work-based learning, and service learning.”
- “I envision teachers employing assessment systems, including new types of evaluations, multiple measures, and new data and statistical tools…teachers may also help to review and score them…”
- “Year-or-longer residencies” for teacher candidates and induction programs that last up to three years, during which the newbies have “a lighter schedule, built-in time for learning and reflections, and the opportunity to team-teach with experienced colleagues.”
- “Teacher-led, school-based decision making [that] holds teachers accountable for school and student performance while giving them the authority to affect the factors that will improve that performance.”
- “A diverse, highly skilled, highly respected teaching workforce that is compensated according to the true value it contributes to our society.”
Who might have said these things? Diane Ravitch? Linda Darling Hammond? Barnett Berry? Renee Moore? Any of dozens of fellow teacher bloggers I could mention?
Each of these statements is from our Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, published in his article, “A Vision of the New Teacher in the Twenty-First Century” which appears in the recent book The American Public School Teacher [Harvard Education Press].
So here’s the bonus question: How do competitive grant, or the current turnaround models advanced in the Blueprint for Reform, or pushing for greater “flexibility” for states or districts that have established patterns of inequitable distribution of resources for poor and minority students get us to what Secretary Duncan envisions for American education?