Imagine if you can, our Secretary of Education actually meeting with parents, discussing and listening to their concerns about the increase in class sizes in their local schools.
Imagine if you can, that he manages to get local university football and basketball players, in-coming college freshmen and their lecturers to volunteer to read to children at a local Read-A-Thon on the library lawn.
Amazingly, it's now been ten years, a full decade of NCLB Reforms, they've spent nearly a trillion dollars, and our United State Department of Education are still searching for that perfect assessment. Secretary Duncan leads the search for that elusive El Dorado assessment. He never tires, he never gives up, and he never ceases to find ways to spend more and more of the tax payers money ~ on testing...
The volunteers distributed new library cards and gave guided tours of the Children’s room. They signed parents up for the monthly library newsletter.
This was a good day, no, it was a great day, and nobody even saw a penny of Secretary Duncan's $350 million dollars... Where does this data fit Secretary Duncan in your Race To The Top?
The New Britain Reads Campaign targeted the library today, because study after study shows that library quality (number of books available or books per student) is related to reading achievement at the state level (Lance, 1994), national level (McQuillan, 1998), and international level (Elley, 1992; Krashen, Lee and McQuillan, 2008), even when researchers control for the effects of poverty.
With all due respect to Secretary Duncan, forgive me if I don’t join you on your search for El Dorado. I spent today on the New Britain library lawn reading to children . There were no people in Giorgio Armani suits. We spent our day trying to increase access to books. Honestly, I can’t think of anything better than to sit and read a few great books on the lawn with children.
See you in DC,
Mr. Secretary here is a newspaper article about our Reader-A-Thon: