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  •  a political question. (6+ / 0-)

    Holding you both in the light.

    My mother is in a position of power with regard to testing and new national standards for a specific subject area. She's one of the good guys (her dream is a Queensland model of rigorously-crosschecked teacher peer evaluation) but on the relevant committees she goes to, half the people are testing industry, so she says "I can't say something too radical or they won't hear me". What can she or the rest of us do so that there's more people with a holistic outlook whose job it is to be on those kind of committees?

    If you're not up to answering I understand.

    Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

    by homunq on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 06:56:46 AM PST

    •  I wish I had an answer (2+ / 0-)
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      Portlaw, hwy70scientist

      when the Common Core State Standards were being developed, originally the two committee (Reading and Math) contained exactly one person who had been a classroom teacher.  People from think tanks, some groups advocating for "reform," even representatives of testing companies. Not even anyone from the relevant professional associations

      all I can say it to reach out to the people making the appointments and to sympathetic people or groups who are already participating.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 07:55:27 AM PST

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