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  •  I think we have a romaticized view of yesterday (0+ / 0-)

    I think, if we do not quit this incessant focus on testing we will lose our critical thinking skills and creativity. That is a risk, and maybe an inevitability.

    However, most policy makers, educators, and educational leaders were successful in the traditional model of school. What they don't realize is that they were the top of the curve. Your experience in school was probably not the norm. Like most leaders, you probably have a romanticized view of how education used to be based on your own experience.

    truth is, most kids hate math or have math phobias or resistnce, and that has been true since Ugghh scratched tally marks on the cave wall.

    •  in addition... (0+ / 0-)

      the deformers "reform" involves a return to those traditional and back to basics methods that worked so well for them, and protected their place in society.

      the ironic thing about Students First and ALEC is that their reforms are actually a regressive return to methods that only helped those at the top of the curve.

    •  agree with part A--not part B. (2+ / 0-)
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      sunny skies, historys mysteries

      Yes--my educational background was different--I'm from an upper middle class family, and we luckily lived in one of the top educational counties in the country, and I was involved in g/t programs and the like.  So you're right about the romanticized lens.

      I don't buy the idea that most kids hate math or have math phobias--they just think they do.  Since I've been tutoring math, the number of students who come to me and say 'I don't get it--and I don't care' is astounding...once I'm through with them, many of them do get it--and a lot of them do recognize the importance of math.  Math isn't integrated at all in our curriculum, and numerancy has gone out the window with the ubiquity of calculators even in the younger grades (I'm going to write a piece on that, but haven't gotten around to it).  Lose out on numerancy early on, and your math comprehension is pretty much out the window.  But even then, you can still get a good grade on a test wihtout knowing what the hell you're doing.  That's the problem.

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