EduShyster notes the convergence of three happenings:
1. The New York Daily News breaks the story of KIPP’s “padded cell” for disruptive children. KIPP officials declare they will continue using the padded cell–actually, a closet with a window–as a “calming” space.
2. Simultaneously, the New York Times writes an editorial praising KIPP for its successful methods in educating black and Hispanic children.
3. A new study from researchers at MIT and other universities concludes that higher scores on standardized tests do not predict the development of “fluid” intelligence, the higher-order thinking needed for the thinkers and innovators of the future.
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