We speak with Dr. Sam Abrams of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education (NCSPE) at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Abrams describes his analyses of statistics released by local and national education systems and widely disseminated by the media. Sometimes the reports are wrong or misleading, which can have serious consequences for students. We also talk about some of the differences between Finland’s schools and our own.
00:41-05:39 Misleading narrative about admissions to NYC screened high schools
05:39-08:23 Why Department of Education and principals don’t correct the narrative
08:23-12:05 Sam Abrams’s Columbia Journalism Review article
12:05-13:02 How changes in admissions policies at Beacon and Bard High School and Early College will change the schools
13:02-17:31 What an equitable admissions policy could look like; screening; focusing on reducing large economic consequences for students of tracking
17:31-24:15 “Teaching time” in US and other countries—errors in comparative data and their importance
24:15-26:31 Looking at assessment in Finland and the U.S.
26:31-31:22 Educational option plans—implications for integration and for instruction
Click here to see the full transcription of this episode.
- Listen to our first conversation with Sam Abrams “Dodging responsibility for our children: Reducing learning to test scores”
- The Mismeasure of Teaching Time by Sam Abrams
- Columbia Journalism Review: “Getting Education Data Right: The Case of High School Admissions”
- Education Week: “Do U.S. Teachers Really Teach More Hours?”
- Book Education and the Commercial Mindset by Sam Abrams
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear