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  •  I Just Threw Up A Little In My Mouth (7+ / 0-)

    I get the standard thing. I do even if I don't like it. But have we gotten to this point in our society, where we want to test a person like this? I can hug that child and their parents wondering how I can help them. What the fuck is going on .......

    •  Well, see, I see three sides to this: (7+ / 0-)

      Democrats: Taking the requirement of standardized testing to an absurd extreme demeans the dignity of this student, and is financially wasteful.

      Republicans: The student is financially wasteful.

      Education "Reformers": "Part I. You will have 45 minutes..."

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:17:32 PM PDT

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    •  Here is the non-crazy part of the rationale... (14+ / 0-)
      Special ed kids deserve an education.

      Every child can learn, every child should be educated to her full potential.

      Exempting special ed kids encourages schools to overclassify anyone who won't do well on the tests as special ed.

      Kids who aren't evaluated won't get as much attention as they deserve.

      So laid out like that, it's not entirely wrong... until you get to the implementation level and here you are with profoundly disabled kids and you're administering tests that they can never medically be expected to pass. Especially if those kids are also especially anxious about taking a test that they cannot pass.

      It's a philosophy that assumes that all educators are bad actors and can't be trusted to do what's right.

      If I were in charge I'd (a) fully fund special ed and (b) have regional evaluation teams who visit the kids and visit the classrooms and make their own judgements. I'd allow a form signed by the doctor and the parents to exempt the child from testing without penalty to the school. (If the parent wanted the child tested, then hey, go for it.) Rely on people in the room with these kids to make the right decisions for their welfare... or these people shouldn't ever be IN a room with these kids.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Thu May 09, 2013 at 03:42:35 PM PDT

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