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  •  Not only are the tests themselves bad for LD and (5+ / 0-)

    ASD students but the whole testing system is. Too much pressure, too many breaks in routine, and too many questions with questionable answers (non-logic based for example) that require social knowledge which these kids often don't get (like cliche or trite answers, like the 'wise owl' example someone did a diary on a few months back).

    One of the benefits to homeschooling our son: No more FCAT to struggle with. The FCAT gave him a fear of tests we're still working through.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:25:55 AM PDT

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    •  That's true. (3+ / 0-)

      Since we're often kept out of the social order in one way or another, that makes testing even more difficult.

      I've also come to realize that many of us on the spectrum or with LD tend to look for new ways of doing things all the time because many high schools refuse to teach to a child's learning style because of the administrative bureaucracy and such.

      Teachers suffer too, since they're forced to teach to a curriculum that benefits no one and prevents them from really working with their students.

      Privatization makes this worse tenfold because those schools often teach to whatever makes them the most profit. It's sad. We can do so much better.

      I write a series called 'My Life as an Aspie', documenting my experiences before and after my A.S. diagnosis as a way to help fellow Aspies and parents of Aspies and spread awareness. If I help just one person by doing this, then I've served a purpose.

      by Homer177 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:59:27 AM PDT

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      •  Imagine the kind of education system we could have (3+ / 0-)

        if there were teaching teams.  Imagine if we put as much money into early education as we have put into wars.  

        Both teaching and learning should be highly creative and engaged activities that are meaningful to both teacher and student.  

        It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

        by ciganka on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 11:51:38 AM PDT

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