Saturday, October 1, 2016

Jeb Bush, Retention, and the Failed Ferris Wheel of School Reform

Jeb Bush, Retention, and the Failed Ferris Wheel of School Reform:

Jeb Bush, Retention, and the Failed Ferris Wheel of School Reform

the Ferris wheel with the blue sky background.

Jeb Bush continues to ride the failed Ferris wheel of school reform. He is most likely emboldened by state politicians and business leaders, like in Michigan, subscribing to harmful 3rd grade retention policies. Also, with a fancy university invitation for him to lecture about schools and stuff.
Michigan is following Florida’s lead, and that of other states, and jumping on the third grade retention bandwagon. Many parents, especially those with students who have reading disabilities and dyslexia, are unhappy about this. Think how humiliating these students must feel, especially when there are other methods and arrangements to address learning problems.
At the same time, knighted the King of school reform, Jeb Bush is lecturing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Of course, we all know he would rather be stepping in front a different lectern, one where he faces Hillary Clinton.
I wonder, is he asking himself how much his school reform measures hurt him in his Jeb Bush, Retention, and the Failed Ferris Wheel of School Reform:


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