There is a debate on educational policy raging on suckahs (see comments). I know people are going to dismiss what I am saying, because what I am saying makes them uncomfortable, or is seemingly contrary to their own life-experience, or values. All I can say is, detach yourself and remove what you think you know– and just listen to what I am saying.
I should mention my professor at BU, Christine Rossell, because she is responsible for convincing me to look at the evidence. Her class and writings redefined the way I see the invective debate surrounding MCAS and Educational reform in general. She taught us to question the assumptions of ’cause-and-effect’, and she has made me a better social scientist because of it.
I want to be courteous to my good friends who are engaging me on the subject, cos I love them all, and I definitively respect their point of views. Sara is going to be a brilliant lawyer some day soon, and meghan will succeed at anything she puts her mind to. That is all.