Re "Reforming education a new way" (Dan Walters, Dec. 19): Twenty years of research support the reforms in Dan Walters' column. Too many low-performing, high-poverty schools in our state abandon students and fail to embrace their potential. Nationally, many schools demonstrate students can succeed regardless of their socioeconomic status, race or family situation. So why is this occurring so infrequently in California?
We need to stop focusing on who is to blame for student failure and replace adversarial relationships with cooperative cultures focused on student success. To fully succeed we must also invite students to help identify methods that help them learn.
An English teacher we know of said it best. "We know what works in education. The research is prolific. Amazingly, then, the question today is not about what works, but about why we don't implement what we know works."
-- Bernie Davitto, Sacramento
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