We all know that Checker Finn?has an uncanny?ability to turn a phrase and get right to the heart of the matter. Well, here are a few (very) noteworthy Finn quotes from recent news stories.
From an Education Week article, Leaders Call for Shared Curriculum Guidelines, March 9, 2011:
Mr. Finn, the president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, said he doesn't regard national standards or curriculum as ?the devil's curse? if they're high-quality and voluntary. ?It's dumb to have good standards not accompanied by good curriculum,? he said.
From a Bloomberg News story about changing the ?last hired, first fired? rule, Teacher Security Blanket May Shred as Governors Hit ?Ignorance Factories,' March 7, 2011:
Changing the system would be a ?pretty substantial boost? to student performance, said Chester Finn Jr., who was assistant secretary of education under President Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1988. He is president of the Washington-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a nonprofit research group focused on improving K-12 education.
?Just as some schools are dropout factories, there are teachers that are ignorance factories,? Finn said in a telephone interview. ?You're going to have to let some people go, so why not get rid of the people who aren't getting the job done??
From a NY Times piece, Teachers Wonder, Why the Scorn?, March 2, 2011
Chester E. Finn Jr., president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning education policy...