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7evenseaz

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  • 7evenseaz replied to a comment by Shaun Johnson

    Why America's Prep Schools Aren't Following Arne Duncan's Public School Education Reforms via magazine.good.is

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    Shaun Johnsonabout 1 year ago

    All right, so let me get this straight. You want me to actually use descriptive statistics to make the argument that a good majority of the roughly 50 million public school students, in roughly 14,000 school districts, in approximately 100,000 public schools, might possibly, actually, likely become successful and otherwise happy, healthy, and productive human beings? You need evidence, cold hard, quantitative evidence, that maybe, just maybe, the roughly 50 million students attending public schools on any given day might one day become successful? You need statistical evidence for that argument? Would you also require statistical evidence if I were to assert that gravity exists?

    7evenseazabout 1 year ago

    Do you have any sources to back the second line of your last statement, Shaun? And Kevin, did you go to public school or private for either primary and secondary education?

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  • 7evenseaz replied to a comment by Shaun Johnson

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    Shaun Johnsonabout 1 year ago

    Sherie,

    Pilgrim's request for verification is so commonsense it doesn't even merit any further research. It's not really something that requires attribution. Look at all the anecdotal evidence available that public schools can and will continue to nurture successful people. Celebrities like Matt Damon, who has been very vocal about his support for public schools, is indeed a public school graduate. Shall we continue with Presidents, like our current one? He attended a public high school, for instance. Does that suffice?

    7evenseazabout 1 year ago

    Not at all, actually. Anecdote is not evidence, Shaun. Especially when attempted to make a argument based on statistical evidence which you haven't actually provided or even attempted to shine more light on. So far, you've confidently mentioned 44 men, several of whom have received boarding school or private secondary educations, comprising the small set of people who make up our American Presidents. You then continue to mention actors, one to be exact, who have attended public school. What's the tally for that group of individuals? And then engineers and scientists... do you actually have a number? The conversation about the value of public education in America needs hard truths, Shaun. Not fluff.

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