DEY National Advisory Board Member William Crane’s Letter in the New York Times

To the Editor: Re “Crux of Grim Ruling: Schools Are Broken” (news analysis, front page, Sept. 9):

Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher’s sweeping critique of Connecticut schools did, indeed, sound like an indictment of school failure nationwide. After decades of efforts to raise standards, few policy makers see the improvement they wished for. The major problem, I think, is that the entire standards movement has focused so exclusively on goals, scores, ratings and statistical outcomes that it has overlooked the most important consideration — the child.

Children begin life curious and enthusiastic about learning, but schools have failed to nurture their intense urge to learn. Experienced teachers know that much of their art consists of building on children’s spontaneous interests, but this art has received little appreciation in recent years. To improve schools, this must be changed.

WILLIAM CRAIN

New York

The writer is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York, CUNY.  Dr. Crain is also a member of DEY’s National Advisory Board.new york times

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