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In education as in other aspects of life, it is an article of faith that "nothing succeeds like success." Books such as Haim Ginott's Teacher and Child, William Glasser's Schools Without Failure, and Tom Gordon's Teacher Effectiveness Training and ideas such as mastery learning, programmed learning, positive reinforcement, and the teacher-motivation approach all suggest that schools must eliminate or at least minimize student failure.
Sitting in my classroom, I sometimes ponder the least serious problem posed by the Basic Skills First Program--the most recent nightmare to be visited upon Tennessee teachers in the name of education reform. That is: Where will I keep my seven reading and mathematics guides? Their 1,124 pages take up too much space to fit in the bookrack on my desk.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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