“We will have the willingness to try new things and be wrong — the type of humbleness to say, ‘I have no idea whether this will work, but I’m going to try,’ ” he said.
Can we trust researchers who are employed by a school system, and, whose research is not peer reviewed? Where do we draw the line between advocacy and research?
Yes, research and data should drive policy … unfortunately the Tweed ideologues believe the opposite … philosophy drives research, as long as it supports their ideology.
The Consortium on Chicago School Research has evaluated, analyzed and driven policy in Chicago school for twenty years. New York has recently embarked on the process, although it is in the early stages … and Joel Klein sits on the Board.
Roland Fryer is simply wrong … we have a pretty good idea of what works … we need a school district leader willing to implement proven policies, in a collaborative manner, with an outside organization analyzing the data in a public and transparent manner.
We’ve been experimenting on the poor and the powerless for too long.