Facts and Fallacies" By M. Donald Thomas and William L.
Doyle Each education era has its symbols and mantras. In the s, it was Sputnik, prompting President Eisenhower to enact the National Defense Education Act, establishing the first federal education role All children can learn modern times.
In the s, President Ford signed somewhat reluctantly Public Law —revolutionary legislation that made special education a right, not a privilege. By the s, the reform mantra had become, All children can learn.
What are we to make of the claim that all children can learn?
Is it just one more slogan? As an empirical statement, it either means too much or too little. Of course all children can learn, but the tough questions are, What can they learn, when can they learn it, and what format is best suited to learning. Does anyone really believe that all children can learn to play the violin?
Suzuki did, although few could ever play well enough to perform Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, the Violin Concerto in D Major. When it was first performed in the 19th century, it was thought to be beyond the reach of all but the most talented. It was featured in the Chinese film Together, the story of a child prodigy's trials and tribulations.
Neither can all children master differential equations or read Shakespeare fluently.
But that's the point. All children can learn something, most can learn a good deal certainly more than most do nowand some can learn to very high levels indeed. But if children have different abilities, it is nonetheless true that in the global economy all children must be educated to high levels—if not in differential equations, at least in algebra and plane geometry.
According to a College Board study, the last two courses—if taken and completed successfully—have high predictive power. Students of all regions, races, and ethnic groups who complete algebra and geometry are equally likely to go to college. As it happens, there is some empirical evidence to draw on.
Examples of mass education from Japan, France, and the United States are instructive.
Japanese standards and test scores are among the highest in the world. Interestingly, Japanese students cluster around the mean, with few outliers. In layman's language, that means that nearly everyone does well.
History is destiny in Japan as elsewhere, and Japanese social traditions are reflected in their schools. In the 19th century, when Perry opened Japan to the West, the country developed elite schools for hard-charging boys. When General MacArthur insisted on mass education, the Japanese had no choice but to agree, but they would not lower their standards.
The Japanese emphasize hard work and hustle. Not surprisingly, Japanese public opinion polls reflect the view that school is too easy and that Japanese students are not learning enough.
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Poor children, children of color, children with limited English-speaking proficiency, and all other children adversely impacted by disadvantage are as capable as any other children in our society. They can succeed in school and master rigorous content.
All children can learn something, most can learn a good deal (certainly more than most do now), and some can learn to very high levels indeed. But if children have different abilities, it is nonetheless true that in the global economy all children must be educated to high levels—if not in differential equations, at least in algebra and plane.
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(Over) Demonstrating the belief that all kids can learn Schools, school districts and classrooms throughout the country display signs proclaiming the belief that “All kids can learn.”. Nov 25, · All Children Can Learn to Read Jackie’s son, Ashton, was a cheerful, friendly five-year old.
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