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  •  Teachers are not like plumbers, (6+ / 0-)

    whose expertise can be assessed by whether or not their pipes leak or the faucet drips.
    Unfortunately, many of the legislators seeking to judge whether dollars are well spent can't tell the difference between plumbing and teaching, reading and speaking. They repeat what they hear and believe what they say, regardless of whether it's correct.

    Testing is just another example of middlemen aiming to get a "cut" of public spending for themselves.

    "tax cut" = a cut of the taxes public agencies collect.

    Binary thinkers do not employ adjectives and adverbs as modifiers. Two part phrases usually represent distinct entities which exist in a state of opposition.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 07:56:56 AM PDT

    •  there is also the broader question (2+ / 0-)
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      sethtriggs, Lujane

      what good does it do the kids to be taught to tests, that will have absolutely no relevance to their adult life?

      •  The material to be taught (2+ / 0-)
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        should be relevant to their adult lives.

        The tests, which should be and are required by federal law to be based on the material to be taught, should test the effectiveness of the teaching of that relevant material.

        •  There is a difference between teaching material (0+ / 0-)

          And teaching to a test,  there is a difference in results too.  Making the test double as salary indicator maximizes the likelyhood that teaching to the test will result, not best teaching practices, and hoping the test covers something not covered in the core.

    •  One can browse the Internet (0+ / 0-)

      and make an assessment of the language skills of Americans personally.

      •  Well, hearing and speaking involve very (0+ / 0-)

        different skills from reading and writing. The latter are visual and tactile, while the former involve the mouth and the ears.
        Humans have been communicating much longer via the spoken than the written word. Indeed, universal literacy has never been achieved or, for that matter, desired by the ruling elite. As it stands, 30% of the adult U.S. population is functionally illiterate. So, they rely on what they hear for their main source of information. FOX TV is radio with pictures.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 12:20:28 PM PDT

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