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  •  Why compare schools? That's immoral.... (0+ / 0-)

    So you think comparing test scores of kids from elite public schools and demographic groups from the upper crust of American society against children who have existed in desperate, poverty stricken living environments is ok?

    Educating the human mind is a very personal matter...why trivialize it with a standardized experience?

    What matters are exposing children to experiences where the integration of content and the synchronization of the cognitive, emotive, kin-esthetic and censorial realms...that's how Gates learned to write code...and that is what children should be doing...real world problem solving relevant to their individual lives......not contrived selected response worksheets forced down their throats....

    Educational experience based on behaviorism is mind control.

    by semioticjim on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 03:32:51 PM PST

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      So you think comparing test scores of kids from elite public schools and demographic groups from the upper crust of American society against children who have existed in desperate, poverty stricken living environments is ok?

      Yes. Only by doing so will we understand what kind of help the poor kids need. Just because the numbers make us uncomfortable does not mean we should hide from them. The test is just the "messenger". The "message" is that we have severe class inequality issues in this nation and we need to spend more resources on poor kids.

      Educating the human mind is a very personal matter...why trivialize it with a standardized experience?

      You can give your students whatever "experience" you want. As long as they score well on the end-of-the-year test, it's OK.

      What matters are exposing children to experiences where the integration of content and the synchronization of the cognitive, emotive, kin-esthetic and censorial realms...that's how Gates learned to write code...and that is what children should be doing...real world problem solving relevant to their individual lives......not contrived selected response worksheets forced down their throats....

      Whatever floats your boat, man! You can teach your students using "kin-esthetic" experiences. It sounds...uh...interesting.  But at the end of the year we will give them a test to see if they can read, if they know grammar, if they understand scientific concepts, and if they can do mathematics.

      If they pass the test (with scores adjusted for their socioeconomic conditions) you are a Good Teacher.

      If they consistently fail, then you are a charlatan,and a snake-oil salesman, full of big edubabble words that have no substance and serve only to hide and disguise FAILURE.

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