The Matthew Effect: What Is It and How Can You Avoid It In Your Classroom? | Aprendiendo a Distancia |

"The only reason not to reward the best and brightest for their achievements is to avoid punishing the rest for their shortcomings...

Programs for the gifted and acts like NCLB are classic catalysts of what social scientists call the Matthew Effect. Coined by sociologist Robert Merton, the Matthew Effect derives its name from a verse in the New Testament (Matthew 25:29)...and roughly translates to, “Those who are successful are most likely to be given the special opportunities that lead to further success, and those who aren’t successful are most likely to be deprived of them."

Via Beth Dichter