What resources make learning better?
Students in a well resourced school or classroom will learn more. While that statement represents a simple and accurate truth, we must not extrapolate it too far beyond its basic intention. Some mistakenly believe that a school or teacher is ineffective because of a lack of classroom resources. And those who share that belief dispense with large amounts of money, improving inputs (more spending on stuff) but the achievement gains end up being modest. In other words, more spending doesn’t necessarily mean a proportional gain in learning, and vice versa.
We at EduCAN work with communities to develop the assets they already have to help them go beyond improving simple inputs (chairs, desks, chalk, student-teacher ratio, etc.). We work to provide resources that have a more direct impact on student achievement.
What Schools Need and What They Don’t by John H. Morton