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  •  Neil Bush profits from a testing company. (4+ / 0-)

    So do his investors, but I don't think the kids being tested gain very much.

    When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. Cree prophecy

    by 4Freedom on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:10:26 PM PDT

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    •  Teacher talking here, and I am sick and tired of (9+ / 0-)

      hearing that we can't afford to buy textbooks for our kids anymore because we have to spend so much on testing.

      I have 32 science textbooks (which are 10 years old) that 126 students have to share.  My students need books -- NOT more standardized testing.

      Plus, I don't understand why no one seems to get it that we are now losing almost an ENTIRE instructional year over the 12 years due to testing.

      Okay, I'm practicing deep breathing ... picturing a sandy beach and waves ... backing away from the soapbox ....

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:51:44 PM PDT

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      •  Bless you for sticking with teaching! (3+ / 0-)
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        I really hate what is being done to our teachers. There is no more valuable profession on the face of the earth than teaching. A good teacher is one who is giving us a better future in terms of better informed citizens in all walks of life. That deserves respect, not being forced to teach to testing standards.

        Teachers deserve more respect and better pay.

        When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. Cree prophecy

        by 4Freedom on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 08:38:04 PM PDT

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      •  Our science teachers have no money to buy supplies (4+ / 0-)

        for science labs and experiments and a ten year old classroom set of textbooks.

        Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

        by ranton on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 09:25:32 PM PDT

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        •  I have 83 cents per student to run labs with (0+ / 0-)

          for the the year.  My kids have to do fundraisers for us to be able to buy equipment and have labs.

          Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

          by bkamr on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 05:47:47 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, Thank you!! (1+ / 0-)
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        Thank you for being a teacher!!!

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