Tom Lovelessis a former sixth grade teacher and Harvard public policy professor. He’s been studying the achievement gap, education policy, and school reform. So how can we reform our school district? What would teachers and the state have to do? How do we close the achievement gap? And can we compete on a global scale with other countries, whose students surpass us? Tom Loveless of the Brookings Institution weighs in.
Tom Loveless, Sr Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Inst
You, like many other scholars, miss the main point. If you give students a vested interest in learning, they will learn. If you force it on them, they will rebel. Parents are by far the most important factor to the success. The solution is to allow those that excel to progress and those who do not try (the low achievers) a path to labor or life skills with a view to that future. Very simply, if you make excuses for low performance, you enable that behavior. You have to portray the fact that hard work is the only way forward or you will have to accept a simpler life future.Steven Curtis –Jan 10, 2012 12:12:34 PM