Dumb Money or Dumb Coverage?

Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, Aug 03, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

According to Newsweek, U.S. educators should be learning from the Canadian example. What is that model. Alexander Russo suggests Ontario has learned "most of what is popular to do in education -- class size reduction and school modernization, for example -- is least effective." Well, that's not true, it's no such thing, and both the original article and Russo's quick summation mislead in spades. My analysis is excruciatingly detailed, because I had a couple hours to write it up (ah, vacation) and because it is worth taking the time to show the sort of reasoning and foundation I use for the criticism that often appears as a short 100 word item in OLDaily.
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