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  •  I Am Not An Expert On Education (10+ / 0-)

    I went to college a ton. Heck as a TA in grad school I taught a class or two. But I don't know what we do with primary education. I really don't. I just recall I wasn't tested into the ground in the 70s and 80s.

    Sure we had tests. But seemed it was more assignments that were graded.

    I don't have any kids. But when I read what you wrote above it makes me sick to my stomach. I would not want my child in that school system.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 09:06:39 AM PDT

    •  It sounds utterly stultifying (3+ / 0-)
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      No child or teacher could possibly be engaged in learning under this system. I am sure if schools had been doing this when I was in school, my parents would have had us out of there in a heartbeat.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 04:37:43 PM PDT

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    •  1% solutions: NCLB & RttT (1+ / 0-)
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      ...entrenched public schools in the test-fail-test paradigm. NCLB & RttT's billionaire designers co-opted formative assessment teachers use to guide instruction into placing all stakes on a standard score.

      Standardized test scores are being used to determine the very survival of public schools. Scores are used to determine the cost-benefit ratio of class sizes, principal effectiveness, teacher quality, in our public schools.

      Furthermore, standardized test scores are misused by corporate reformers to tout the success of their crappy education schemes. Arne Duncan, Joel Klein, Michael Bloomberg, Jeb Bush, et al. have manufactured success by manipulating scores to paint themselves as champions of kids. The reality-they are champions of the 1% doing the bidding of the privatization masters.

    •  Most people wouldn't want their kid in a system (0+ / 0-)

      like that  if they really knew it was happening. Unfortunately the "public" this plays to are generally political types with little or any stake in the result - except to build their own careers. In some places parents are becoming aware and protesting but the media still prefers to scream about "lazy" & "incompetent" teachers as if there were some way to actually make this approach work to the benefit of students.

      At my granddaughter's school these past 2+ weeks there have been no actual classes - just testing & practice for testing. The kids are bored, anxious, miserable & some are starting to act out just to get out of the room. It was bad enough with NCLB in 06 when I retired. It appears to be worse now.

      Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket?

      by gelfling545 on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 07:09:33 AM PDT

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    •  And what about the end result? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm seeing more and more adults who can't function without constant supervision, affirmation, and instruction.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:04:17 AM PDT

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