Modern education “reform” in the United States has its roots in President Johnson’s war on poverty in the mid-1960s. Since then, we have been trying to improve educational outcomes in struggling school districts. Literally thousands of ideas have been tried. Billions of dollars have been spent. The failure rate has been incredibly high to the point that it almost defies belief. There were a few elements of success which I will describe in the next article #5. Overall, however, FAILURE to sustainably improve our entire school system remains the most likely outcome of each of our ideas. , mine included.
The most important predictor of academic success or failure is parental commitment to a child’s education. As a society, we kind of hate to admit that. Unfortunately, there is not much a school district can do about this. Beyond that, economic disadvantage (poverty) usually leads to poor educational outcomes. Poor school performance usually results in economic disadvantage. Once this cycle started, it proved incredibly difficult to break.