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Report: Study Warns That Bricks May Hinder Learning
Getting Smart ^ | May 15, 2012 | Tom Vander Ark

Posted on 05/16/2012 11:50:36 AM PDT by glorgau

“We want to harness all the benefits of bricks to really propel student learning … but at the same time we find the lack of really good information about results and accountability really troubling,” said Dr. W.V. Lernen, a co-author of the report and the director of the Center for Study of The Apocryphal Cannon.

About one third of all students in brick and mortar schools leave unprepared for college and work. Dr. Lernen finds that disturbing. “It’s hard to imagine that sitting in brick classrooms for 180 days works well for students, but that appears to be the primary approach,” said Dr. Lernen.

Enrollment in U.S. schools using bricks remains steady at more than 50 million students. However, the research on how successful those schools are is mixed, with the majority of research finding higher dropout rates and lower test scores for full-time students than their counterparts in schools where students spend at least a portion of the day online.

The study also looked at the confusing way that brick schools are funded. “The absence of accounting for the true cost of bricks leads to a lack of accountability for many brick and mortar schools,” said the report.

In addition, keeping track of how many students are in brick schools, and where the funding for those students is going, is difficult to determine. Dr. Lernen suggests that this inability to track students is why we still don’t know who graduated from brick schools two years ago.

Overall, the report offered three recommendations for educators when using bricks. Those leaders should demand more information about brick learning before doing more of it. Secondly, brick schools should put systems in place to closely and frequently monitor student progress. And lastly, educators should demand better research and information about how much money it takes to provide a brick education, how brick schools are funded, and where that money is going.

“What we’re trying to do as a center is to send out a note of caution because bricks appears to have disastrous effects on education in most locations,” said Dr. Lernen.

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I just couldn’t help myself. EdWeeks’ Katie Ash wrote a thoughtful piece about a disingenuous ‘let’s keep the money’ report from the school board association. Seriously, if results weren’t so disastrously bad for low income and minority kids we could keep doing the same stuff and try to make it a little better, but we’re way beyond that point. The only way to dramatically boost achievement for the least well served students in America is to increase access to options and leverage talent with technology. The shift is on…


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1 posted on 05/16/2012 11:50:37 AM PDT by glorgau
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2 posted on 05/16/2012 11:54:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: glorgau

You’re thinking of ..... a brick wall


3 posted on 05/16/2012 11:56:29 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: glorgau

LOL, however, public school is child abuse, with or without subsidized bricks.


4 posted on 05/16/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: glorgau

Seriously? They’re blaming the building materials now instead of a) crappy unionized teachers and b) parents too exhausted from holding two jobs to effectively monitor and discipline the children?

Oh, that would be too difficult to fix. Let’s just blame the bricks.


5 posted on 05/16/2012 11:59:51 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: glorgau

Funny, I always thought the bricks were fine.

It was liberal teachers with “education” degrees, teacher’s unions with no concern about anything except tenure and pensions, and “administrators” possessing a sum IQ less than that of a pile of sh...er...Obamastuff that was the cause of the lack of education.

Silly me.


6 posted on 05/16/2012 12:00:29 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: glorgau

Maybe they should try teaching the kids instead of throwing bricks at them...


7 posted on 05/16/2012 12:00:40 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: glorgau

Silly anti-brickites...it’s the mortar! The mortar I tells ya!


8 posted on 05/16/2012 12:01:33 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Red Badger

read my mind.


9 posted on 05/16/2012 12:01:46 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

The mortar the merrier.


10 posted on 05/16/2012 12:02:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: OrangeHoof

Did you read the article?


11 posted on 05/16/2012 12:02:22 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: glorgau

12 posted on 05/16/2012 12:03:30 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: glorgau
a note of caution because bricks appears to have disastrous effects on education

Calling Booker T. Washington.... those bricks you so skillfully fashioned to finance your institute have been shown to be a detriment to education.
13 posted on 05/16/2012 12:03:57 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: glorgau

I had trouble wrapping my head around the article at first, but then I connected the dots when I saw the comments.

I just... don’t know what to say. I have no idea what to comment on. Does this mean my brick and mortar high school failed me? Were the bricks not intelligent enough, and the mortar not strict enough?

(this article could easily be torn apart I think)


14 posted on 05/16/2012 12:04:39 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: glorgau

Just another brick in the wall I guess.


15 posted on 05/16/2012 12:06:19 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm STILL supporting Newt.)
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To: wastedyears

Here's the problem. This guy put the bricks to sleep......All done with the eyes.

16 posted on 05/16/2012 12:07:58 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV-ASc0qkrM


17 posted on 05/16/2012 12:11:29 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: jobim
a note of caution because bricks appears to have disastrous effects on education

Especially if centered squarely between the eyes...

18 posted on 05/16/2012 12:17:32 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over...)
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To: Rennes Templar

I saw them on their Thick as a Brick tour...........


19 posted on 05/16/2012 12:29:28 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: glorgau

According to taxpayer funded scientific research, there's only one way to effectively overcome the evil force of bricks ...

20 posted on 05/16/2012 12:41:08 PM PDT by Zakeet (Obama loves to wok dogs)
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To: glorgau

Turn your school into riot fuel?


21 posted on 05/16/2012 12:55:50 PM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: wastedyears
(this article could easily be torn apart I think)

Yes. For example, kids who spend part of their day online are the ones who can read, at least a little. The ones left will have a higher proportion of those that can't read.

22 posted on 05/16/2012 1:10:19 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: glorgau

The problem is we are trying to get every child to achieve the same level of success. This will never happen, regardless of how much money we throw at it. There will always be people that will only have skills to dig a ditch or clean a floor. Others will reach much higher levels. Sometimes this disparity is because of abilities, some because of the social environment they grow up in, some just choose to limit their potential. We have been throwing money at this issue for decades with very little success. Time to move on and give resources to areas that actually have a dividend.


23 posted on 05/16/2012 1:42:53 PM PDT by dgbrown
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To: glorgau

I knew it! It was only a matter of time before the leftists would trash the reputation of Little Pig number 3! He had the foresite and intelligence to build his house with stones, unlike his lazier and less astute brothers who used hay and sticks. Pig #3 was undoubtedly a conservative. Miss Piggy would have liked to meet him as he would have been able to aupport a family!

Just one more fairy tale that the the left will soon declare injurious to little minds. Of course the little minds are their own!!!!


24 posted on 05/16/2012 1:45:00 PM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: glorgau; tumblindice
The "Apocryphal Cannon"!?
25 posted on 05/16/2012 1:49:58 PM PDT by kenavi (1% of the 1% were born in the 1%.)
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To: Red Badger

Me too, loved their music. Saw them five times total. I met Anderson and got his autograph. Anderson is still touring too, but the pipes just aren’t the same.


26 posted on 05/16/2012 7:56:55 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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