The report highlights KERA’s many failed academic and testing experiments, including the failure of “fuzzy math” and “whole language reading” to bring acceptable change to the performance of Kentucky students in key academic areas.
“Experienced, effective teachers were commenting on these issues and warning us 20 years ago,” said Richard Ratliff, a retired Kentucky educator who spent 28 years in the system, including 14 years as a district superintendent. “Those who would speak out against KERA were discouraged and sometimes even intimidated by Frankfort from doing so. But I think this report might bring those willing to speak up out in the open again.”
Read more of Ratliff’s comments in Jim Waters’ coverage of the KERA report in the latest edition of the Heartland Institute’s “School Reform News,” a nationwide publication.