Saturday, January 21, 2006

Sylvan

From Stossel's article regarding Sylvan Learning Center:

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Zoned Out of a Good Education
I talked with 18-year-old Dorian Cain in South Carolina, who was still struggling to read a single sentence in a first-grade level book when I met him. Although his public schools had spent nearly $100,000 on him over 12 years, he still couldn't read.

So "20/20" sent Dorian to a private learning center, Sylvan, to see if teachers there could teach Dorian to read when the South Carolina public schools failed to.

Using computers and workbooks, Dorian's reading went up two grade levels -- after just 72 hours of instruction.

His mother, Gena Cain, is thrilled with Dorian's progress but disappointed with his public schools. "With Sylvan, it's a huge improvement. And they're doing what they're supposed to do. They're on point. But I can't say the same for the public schools," she said.
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Hmmm.

2 comments:

Chaz said...

You and I could do the same thing if given 72 hours of one-to-one tutoring.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that intensive tutoring can achieve significant short-term results.

Disbeliever said...

These "instant cure" stories, always for private sector entities, are reminiscent of "faith healers." Be skeptical ... be VERY skeptical.