[FoRK] The rise of the stupid?

Andy Armstrong andy at hexten.net
Sun Feb 27 12:23:14 PST 2005

On 27 Feb 2005, at 19:29, Victor B. Stan wrote:
> "
> ...
> Why an education bill about school testing? Once the testing frame 
> applies
> not just to students but also to schools, then schools can, 
> metaphorically,
> fail-and be punished for failing by having their allowance cut. Less 
> funding
> in turn makes it harder for the schools to improve, which leads to a 
> cycle
> of failure and ultimately elimination for many public schools. What 
> replaces
> the public school system is a voucher system to support private 
> schools. The
> wealthy would have good schools-paid for in part by what used to be tax
> payments for public schools. The poor would not have the money for good
> schools. We would wind up with a two-tier school system, a good one 
> for the
> "deserving rich" and a bad one for the "undeserving poor."
> ...
> "

We already have this in the UK together with a flawed system of metrics 
for school performance which make life extremely hard for schools in 
difficult areas. You can find the reports on schools here:


Andy Armstrong, hexten.net

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