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CURMUDGUCATION: Bottom 5%;by Peter Greene

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Greene gets it. There will always be a bottom five percent. Reform will never end. Not surprisingly, the originator of 'the bottom five percent' is Mr. Reformster, Arne Duncan. 

'It has a fine long history. All the way back in June 2009, we can find Arnie Duncan talking about the five percent in his address to the conference of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. The address, 'Turning Around the Bottom Five Percent,' and it features the rhetorical sleight-of-hand that usually accompanies discussion of the five percent.

Greene writes:

'Or the other big question mark in this whole system-- the state will take those bottom five percent schools and do.... what? Turn them around and fix them? Is there any indication that the states or the privateers that they invariably hire to do the work-- do any of them know the secret sauce for turning schools around? If they don't, then what is the point of this exercise? If they do, why did we decide that only the bottom five percent would get the benefit of this miraculous brew of fairy dust and unicorn pee? 

Any time you see 'bottom five percent' crop up, beware. It's one more time that reformsters are just making stuff up but trusting you'll believe them because, look, numbers!'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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