Archive for April 23rd, 2004

23rd April

First Published in The New York Sun, April 23, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

The Bloomberg administration’s school curriculum choices are based on the ideas of an Australian, Brian Cambourne, a professor of education at Wollongong University at New South Wales. Sol Stern discussed Mr. Cambourne, his ideas, and his politics at length in an article published in the autumn of 2003 in City Journal, “Tragedy Looms for Gotham’s School Reform.” 

    Many of the ideas imposed by the now departed deputy chancellor for teaching and learning, Diana Lam, emanate from Mr. Cambourne’s theories, which are widely followed in his home country. Rarely considered is just how the most at-risk children are faring in the schools Down Under, taught using the methods now mandated here in New York.  (more…)