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Volume 21, Number 3
May/June 2005

The Student-Teacher Relationship

Our Most Important “Data” Source


In “Lessons from the Red Sox Playbook” (HEL January/February 2005), Beth C. Gamse and Judith D. Singer draw an excellent analogy between managing the World Champion Boston Red Sox and trying to improve the quality of teaching in our schools. But the comparison breaks down when it is used to make the case for randomized experimentation in schools. No baseball manager—Red Sox, Yankee, or otherwise—ever agreed to be a control site for an experiment in baseball. As in teaching, the stakes are too high to leave the outcome to chance.

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    D. Bensman. Central Park East and Its Graduates: “Learning by Heart.” New York: Teachers College Press, 2000.

    H.T. Johnson and A. Bröms. Profit Beyond Measure: Extraordinary Results through Attention to Work and People. New York: Free Press, 2000.

    E.C. Lagemann. An Elusive Science: The Troubling History of Education Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

    D. Meier. In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization. Boston: Beacon Press, 2003.