Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Re: David Berliner on "A Nation at Risk" Three Decades of Lies #2

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “Re: David Berliner on ‘A Nation at Risk’': Three Decades of Lies #2” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Diane Ravitch at has called attention to David Berliner's (2013) “Three Decades of Lies” at “Teacherken” (aka Ken Bernstein) commented on Diane's blog entry (paraphrasing) “Berliner was right in Manufactured Crisis (Berliner & Biddle, 1995/1996 at about the ‘Nation at Risk’ report of 30 years ago and is right today.” Berliner (2005, 2009) at, has also been right about “The Overriding Influence of Poverty on Children’s Educational Achievement” (Hake (2011, 2013) at,

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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"The data presented in this study suggest that the most powerful policy for improving our nations' school achievement is a reduction in family and youth poverty."
- David Berliner (2005) in "Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform"

REFERENCES [URL’s shortened by and accessed on 24 Apr 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. “Re: David Berliner on ‘A Nation at Risk’': Three Decades of Lies #2” online on the OPEN Net-Gold archives at Post of 24 Apr 2013 13:27:11-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

Berliner, D.C. 2005. "Our Impoverished View of Educational Reform," Teachers College Record, August 02, online as an 872 kB pdf at Berliner argues that: "poverty places severe limits on what can be accomplished through school reform efforts, particularly those associated with the federal No Child Left Behind law."

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