Thursday July 5, 2007

“We can blame teachers for not working harder to get their pupils to work harder, or principals for not working harder to get teachers to work harder to get pupils to work harder, or administrators for not working harder to get principals to work harder to get teachers to work harder to get pupils to work harder . . . Admit problems and strive to fix them rather than striving to fix blame, of which there is plenty to go around.” — Michael Lewis on the fact that 26 schools in Dade got failing scores.



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  1. Eddie Suarez    Fri Jul 6, 09:30 AM #  

    Michael Lewis forgot to list Parents in the blame game. Parents need to get their children to study harder.

  2. alesh    Fri Jul 6, 10:20 AM #  

    Eddie~ He’s got seven (7!) paragraphs of stuff that can be blamed, I just picked one. Parents are at the top of the list. (Although in fairness this quote misrepresents his point a bit. He’s throwing out a list of things that could (and should) be blamed, but his point is that the easiest thing to blame is the FCATS, and that that’s misguided.)

  3. elperro    Sat Jul 14, 12:54 AM #  

    He should blame himself too. Maybe, if he took the time to tutor kids, along with the other people that don’t care, he could have done something to help a kid learn. Education will never be fixed! Because everyone is to blame, and it’s co-dependent. The parent needs someone to blame for their poor raising of their child. Boom! It’s the teacher! The teacher blames, the administrator! The administrator blames the region for their unreachable goals; then the region blames the main district office; the main distric office blames the state, which in turn blames the nation! Business, blame everyone to cover that — as a whole — they’re not doing enough. People out of the picture and kids; blame everbody for their fear of not doing something with children. The kids are dizzy, their heads spinning so they blame everybody! I wonder how long they’ve been saying our educational system is bad! Yet, we’re still there.