Skip to comments.Report: Study Warns That Bricks May Hinder Learning
Posted on 05/16/2012 11:50:36 AM PDT by glorgau
We want to harness all the benefits of bricks to really propel student learning but at the same time we find the lack of really good information about results and accountability really troubling, said Dr. W.V. Lernen, a co-author of the report and the director of the Center for Study of The Apocryphal Cannon.
About one third of all students in brick and mortar schools leave unprepared for college and work. Dr. Lernen finds that disturbing. Its hard to imagine that sitting in brick classrooms for 180 days works well for students, but that appears to be the primary approach, said Dr. Lernen.
Enrollment in U.S. schools using bricks remains steady at more than 50 million students. However, the research on how successful those schools are is mixed, with the majority of research finding higher dropout rates and lower test scores for full-time students than their counterparts in schools where students spend at least a portion of the day online.
The study also looked at the confusing way that brick schools are funded. The absence of accounting for the true cost of bricks leads to a lack of accountability for many brick and mortar schools, said the report.
In addition, keeping track of how many students are in brick schools, and where the funding for those students is going, is difficult to determine. Dr. Lernen suggests that this inability to track students is why we still dont know who graduated from brick schools two years ago.
Overall, the report offered three recommendations for educators when using bricks. Those leaders should demand more information about brick learning before doing more of it. Secondly, brick schools should put systems in place to closely and frequently monitor student progress. And lastly, educators should demand better research and information about how much money it takes to provide a brick education, how brick schools are funded, and where that money is going.
What were trying to do as a center is to send out a note of caution because bricks appears to have disastrous effects on education in most locations, said Dr. Lernen.
I just couldnt help myself. EdWeeks Katie Ash wrote a thoughtful piece about a disingenuous lets keep the money report from the school board association. Seriously, if results werent so disastrously bad for low income and minority kids we could keep doing the same stuff and try to make it a little better, but were way beyond that point. The only way to dramatically boost achievement for the least well served students in America is to increase access to options and leverage talent with technology. The shift is on
You’re thinking of ..... a brick wall
LOL, however, public school is child abuse, with or without subsidized bricks.
Seriously? They’re blaming the building materials now instead of a) crappy unionized teachers and b) parents too exhausted from holding two jobs to effectively monitor and discipline the children?
Oh, that would be too difficult to fix. Let’s just blame the bricks.
Funny, I always thought the bricks were fine.
It was liberal teachers with “education” degrees, teacher’s unions with no concern about anything except tenure and pensions, and “administrators” possessing a sum IQ less than that of a pile of sh...er...Obamastuff that was the cause of the lack of education.
Maybe they should try teaching the kids instead of throwing bricks at them...
Silly anti-brickites...it’s the mortar! The mortar I tells ya!
read my mind.
The mortar the merrier.
Did you read the article?
I had trouble wrapping my head around the article at first, but then I connected the dots when I saw the comments.
I just... don’t know what to say. I have no idea what to comment on. Does this mean my brick and mortar high school failed me? Were the bricks not intelligent enough, and the mortar not strict enough?
(this article could easily be torn apart I think)
Just another brick in the wall I guess.
Here's the problem. This guy put the bricks to sleep......All done with the eyes.
Especially if centered squarely between the eyes...
I saw them on their Thick as a Brick tour...........
According to taxpayer funded scientific research, there's only one way to effectively overcome the evil force of bricks ...
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