Myths and Lies That Threaten Public Schools – an intriguing interview…

| June 23, 2014

April 21, 2014 / Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service / Arizona Voices

David C. Berliner, Regents Professor Emeritus of education at Arizona State University and co-author of the recently released book “50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools,” gives a no-holds-barred interview on the policies, practices and popular beliefs that he believes are the greatest threats to Arizona’s public schools and shares his thoughts on how schools can better serve children.

Berliner, who previously taught at University of Arizona, University of Massachusetts, Stanford University, and universities in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland, is a past president of the American Educational Research Association and the Division of Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

His co-author was Gene V Glass, also a Regents Professor Emeritus of education at ASU.

Q: What three policies, practices and popular beliefs mentioned in the book affect Arizona’s public schools most?

A: The first and most important myth is that American students do not do well in international competition, which shows how poor our schools are. This is complete nonsense.

If you start to break up the scores of kids on the tests into five groups – one of which are kids that go to schools where less than 10 percent of the families are in poverty, and another group of schools where less than 25 percent of kids are in poverty –in the last big international test scores, the PISA, those kids actually scored among the best in the world.

In reading, they scored almost better than anyone else. Even in mathematics, which is not our strongest area in the U.S., they scored terrific.

It’s the other end of the spectrum – kids who go to schools where there are over 50 percent in poverty or at schools where there are over 75 percent of kids in poverty – they’re doing terrible.

The blanket statement that our schools don’t do well is factually incorrect.


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