Putting Education Reform To The Test

Socrates “Needs Improvement”

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Death of Socrates by Jacques Louis David

What’s Socrates’ value-added score, and would he be able to keep his job?

Probably not, according to a humorous post at a ASCD, the nation’s largest curriculum organization.

Here’s the clever finish:

The results were posted in the Agora for all to see  the quality and performance of their teacher.   Socrates failed.    He simply spent too much time asking them to think.   A walk-through evaluation by his supervisor (undisclosed), determined that “ sometimes Socrates’s  students meander through endless dialogues examining challenging questions that do not have one right answer.”

Clarification: This post was updated to change the identification of ASCD, which is a curriculum organization.


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