*[Feature photo above by Alberto G. (CC-BY-SA-2.0) via flickr.]*

The school experience makes a tremendous difference in a child’s learning. Which of the following students would you rather be?

*I continued to do arithmetic with my father, passing proudly through fractions to decimals. I eventually arrived at the point where so many cows ate so much grass, and tanks filled with water in so many hours. I found it quite enthralling.*

*— Agatha Christie*

An Autobiography

…or…

*“Can you do Addition?” the White Queen asked. “What’s one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one and one?”*

“I don’t know,” said Alice. “I lost count.”

“She can’t do Addition,” the Red Queen interrupted. “Can you do Subtraction? Take nine from eight.”

“Nine from eight I can’t, you know,” Alice replied very readily: “but—”

“She can’t do Subtraction,” said the White Queen. “Can you do Division? Divide a loaf by a knife — what’s the answer to that?”

“I suppose—” Alice was beginning, but the Red Queen answered for her. “Bread-and-butter, of course.”

“She can’t do sums a bit!” the Queens said together, with great emphasis.

— Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass

…in other words…

*If you could lead through testing, the U.S. would lead the world in all education categories. When are people going to understand you don’t fatten your lambs by weighing them?*

*— Jonathan Kozol*

at Westfield State College’s 157th Commencement

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