Malcolm Gladwell vs. Doug Harris

Malcolm Gladwell:

“Ten years in, the results of the experiment have been mixed. Test scores have not risen anywhere near as much as had been hoped…”

Doug Harris:

“For New Orleans, the news on average student outcomes is quite positive by just about any measure. The reforms seem to have moved the average student up by 0.2 to 0.4 standard deviations and boosted rates of high school graduation and college entry. We are not aware of any other districts that have made such large improvements in such a short time.”


I am increasingly convinced that this all just a bad Twilight Zone episode that hinges around a plot line where very brilliant people’s minds turn to mush when they hear the words “Katrina 10 year anniversary.”

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