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    I had my most embarrassing moment giving a 4th grade science performance test to 2 blind boys.  I was asked to go to a middle school and give the test--not told what made the students "special."  Their special ed teacher escorts them in--with their personal aides (called paras in NYC).  First question I read to them--what temperature is shown on the thermometer in front of you?  They were blind--how the hell could they read it?  So I cheated and said--a red line seems to be near the 20--their teacher was aghast--told me I'd get in trouble.  Not to worry--both kids chose an answer other than 20.  I continued reading the questions--cheated--and they still guessed incorrectly.

    Now, you're wondering, why was I embarrassed?  I humiliated 2 innocents--I didn't refuse to test them--and read all 50 questions.  That I complained vociferously later did, does, nothing to keep the shame away.  When we rail against testing, we rarely complain that many children taking these tests, even sighted children without challenges, are made to feel stupid--are made to feel inadequate, are made to feel self anger and frustration.  This is child abuse--this is the opposite of the ideal of individualized instruction.  Many of these kids are less than 10--some only 5 years old.  Stop the abuse!

    Apres Bush, le deluge.

    by melvynny on Thu May 09, 2013 at 04:05:02 PM PDT

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