Education dogma ignores reality, writes Thomas Sowell, pointing to the the fact that young black students “significantly narrowed” the performance gap on federal reading and math tests.
What is especially revealing is that it is the young black students who have made the largest gains while older minority students “scored as far behind whites as in previous decades.” In other words, the children whose education has taken place mostly since the No Child Left Behind act show the greatest gains, while for those whose education took place mostly under the old system, it was apparently too late to repair the damage.
Yet the official line is that NCLB deserves no credit for the dramatic progress of just the students it was designed to help.
I’m not as confident as Sowell that the elementary improvements will carry forward to middle school and then high school. There are many pitfalls ahead. But I do think the good news has been dismissed too readily. Why so little celebration?