FYI: How bad are things (in schools)?

Tom Hoffman's How bad are things (in schools)? posting (and the one it draws from) is related to the complexity of childhood's problems that often come up when talking about social engineering education reform. The "script" he talks about is a small computer program that when run prints the condition(s) of a random stranger. Well worth reading.

1 comment:

Matt Caron said...

Apropos of your post is this:

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/03/461205086/the-superintendent-who-turned-around-a-school-district

Basically, one cannot expect tired or hungry kids to be able to effectively learn. Hence, if you address that first, you start from a firm basis to address other issues.

As an aside, I have to wonder if the new school lunch program is going to affect test scores. Kids don't eat lunch because they find it unpalatable, and thus cannot pay attention later in the day.