One might consider the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) an arm of the right-wing machine. I have no idea. But they are definitely proponents of Direct Instruction. Geez, they are right next door to the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. On the other hand, could it also show that we have a great curriculum program in Oregon that the state of Oregon and entire nation completely ignores? If that were true, would it make sense that some researchers would gather together and set out to prove, "Hey, this Direct Instruction stuff works!" It sounds like a conflict of interest but I'm not so sure.
So why are stories like the one on Foster's Online in Dover, NH so common? "Our test scores are up, thanks to the Reading First Program," said Fuller, adding that the district's dropout rate is now one of the lowest in the state. "[These programs] take time to continue through the rest of the grades," she said.Why do I google "Reading First" and ALWAYS get success news stories? Now I know that just adding more money to the education system does not necessarily guarantee better results. In fact here in Oregon, one could say more money hasn't given better results. So what makes the billions of dollars put out by the federal government as grants to states work?
You get crap, and lots of it. [Ed.D. - Doctorate of Crap, I mean education] See for yourself with the Oregon K-12 benchmarks. Want to know what your child should be able to do by the end of first grade? Well, you won't. Oregon benchmarks start in the 3rd grade. But if you project backwards you might be able to come up with the crap that the Corvallis Ed.D.s came up with.As a taxpayer, I want my money back. And I want all the standards developers fired. And I want realistic, measurable, and crap-less standards that PARENTS and TEACHERS can read and understand. Did I mention that I want the standards developers fired?
Hmm. Andy Gillespie has a couple of children that go to a public elementary school in Corvallis, Oregon. I'm not sure if this is Andy's children's home school or school of choice. But they decided to switch out of the dual language program and put their children into the regular educational program.
OMSI in Corvallis Super Science Saturday Saturday, November 18, 2006 Cheldelin Middle School, 987 NE Conifer, Corvallis
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The educational staff of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will be in Corvallis on Saturday, Noventher 18. They will present an exciting variety of classes for children from first through sixth grade.
One would think that kids that think they are good at math and like the subject would test well.
This article points to a research project that showed that nations with the lowest level of "happy with math" kids actually scored higher than the nations highest level of "happy with math" kids. These are 4th and 8th graders. Could it be because:
With a remote control for each student, a teacher can determine if the student is paying attention or getting the concept/information by how well they are selecting the correct answer within a field of multiple choice (also affectionately called multiple guess). The results of answers flash up on the teachers computer so he/she can determine if the class is "getting it."
A parent, in trying to help his daughter with homework, finds out that she is getting "investigative math." This is in direct opposite of direct instruction where formulas and age old methods of teaching math are used. It got worse:
Angry mothers choking on tears and defensive teachers supporting a new reading curriculum and teaching method faced off for two hours Monday evening during the public forum portion of the McCook Public Schools' board of education meeting.
Wow, I wonder why they are so mad? Did a child get raped? Is the water poisoned with lead? Read on:
Some reporters are really ignorant and twist the facts. Wow is this one a great example. I have harsher words for people like this but I'll keep them to myself and let your imagination do some work here. It isn't pretty.
John Young, who wrote a guest column for contracostatimes.com, wrote the following:
A new internal audit has blasted the Reading First program, a so-called jewel of the No Child Left Behind initiative.
Fact sheet hereThe link above is for a Baltimore fact sheet that really helps point out the differences between Open Court and Direct Instruction. Some of the more interesting quotes:Direct Instruction is supported by over 30 years of research and has been consistently rated as one of the most effective comprehensive school reform models. Open Court is not a comprehensive school reform model, it has not been tested and evaluated thoroughly inBaltimore, and does not have the breadth of research to support its effectiveness as does Direct Instruction.
Story Here 5th through 8th graders that attend this charter school in Atlanta, GA are given high expectation in academics AND behaviors. If you are a behaviorist, you'll see some behavioral techniques jump out at you:And positive attitudes have translated into positive test scores.At KIPP WAYS, students receive "paychecks," which travel with them through the day. Every day, students can "earn" $1 for being present, $1 for being on time and $1 for being prepared and completing homework for each of their six classes. That's a a total of $8 per day.
NEEDED: Copyright Attorney interested in probono work, Direct Instruction, or effective curriculum. Also needed: Illustrator & folks to write DI curriculum for the Open Source Learning community, teachers, and parents.
Wikibooks, Wikiversity curriculum, and Wikieducator are free books and curriculum developed by a group of people or even a single person. There aren't many out there but what is interesting is what COULD be out there. As a teacher, school, or district, one of the bigger costs is textbook adoption. This includes picking a curriculum, textbook company, and teaching methodology/pedagogy.