Posted by: Bill | November 11, 2008

We all remember Stand and Deliver, right?

Apparently, there is a lot more to the story than Hollywood gave us. I’ll give you a moment to recover from the shock of that. If you haven’t, for some reason, seen the movie, please rent it and soon. For everyone else, read this article from Reason magazine for the rest of the story.


  1. I have personally seen similar patterns in music education. The environment was totally different for me, I was not dealing with disadvantaged students but students at the university level who were nonetheless interested in a challenge. It’s amazing how you can build the pipeline and stand up a program where students can excel and feel good about themselves personally and as a group, only to have an administrator with a different educational agenda dismantle it overnight. It’s amazing how an admin can feel so threatened by a successful teacher. In the business world I deal in, that person gets promoted and is given more resources.

    We should be targeting the admins, not the classroom teachers and students. We should be challenging the bureaucracy and the system.

  2. It sounds like the lesson is: having standards and enforcing them is a good idea.

    Education isn’t about creating silk purses out of sow’s ears or transmuting lead into gold. Education is about challenging every student and giving them the chance to rise to their own potential.

    The current education system coddles those with less potential or desire, and penalizes those with more potential or desire.

  3. Agreed. Goal #1 of NCLB was to bring to light the achievement of all students and try to address the lowering of expectations for some just because they happen to be of a lower SES. This is rampant and does a disservice to those students. In this, it has succeeded. In other areas, results have not been as great. NCLB is worth its own discussion in the future.

    I posted this more for informational purposes than anything else. I was surprised to see how the story of Garfield’s AP Calculus program ended. I probably should not have been.

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