Making Things Worse
- Current reform efforts may further disadvantage minority students by forcing them into a narrow set of subjects and testing them in only one type of ability. Poor results then demonstrate how incompetent they are. Zhao argues that gaps should be aimed at reduction of poverty, recognition of a broad range of talents and abilities, and reconsideration of the value of different talents and knowledge. At a national level, our test scores are impacted by the number of poor students, and studies have shown that there is no connection between a country’s economic success and its test scores. Zhao does believe that we need school reform to meet new challenges. He just does not believe that NCLB reforms are going move us in the right direction.
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