On the new Education Gadfly, Martin Davis doubts the Southern Baptists will start quality private schools for inner-city students.
Gadfly shows how English teachers can use rap lyrics to teach the virtues of hard work and wise decision making.
Michael Petrilli comments on the ACT report (pdf) saying “high school graduates need the same skills to succeed in the workplace as they do to succeed in higher education.”
For example, for college or for work, students need to be able to calculate the perimeters and areas of basic shapes, understand the main idea of a paragraph, and identify the appropriate definition of words with multiple meanings based on context. None of this is terribly surprising; these are, after all, just basic skills that any numerate and literate person can handle. And ACT is not nearly ambitious enough. Being able to read and do math is not all that matters on campus or in the economy, yet essential knowledge of history, literature, and science is not investigated here. Still, this is another blow to those educators who believe that students not destined for college can be held to lower standards or taught only “relevant” material, regardless of rigor.
Gadfly’s not keen on teaching children about the sexual orientation of famous people, though it may be the only way to get Socrates and Plato back into the curriculum.