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  •  The fix is easy - more teaching, less assessing. (0+ / 0-)

    Unfortunately, the conservative drive to dismantle education, for whatever reason, has taken over the discussion. All this assessing has taken the focus away from actually teaching students and helping them learn in a meaningful way, and put it on checking to see if teachers and schools are "earning their (woefully inadequate) pay". The result? Students who can't properly speak the language they grew up hearing, can't write, can't read above the most rudimentary level, can't find their own country (let alone their state or city) on a map, etc., etc. But they can pass (barely) the tests, because they've been taught the answers. If they aren't taught the answers, teachers lose jobs, towns lose schools, our education system goes deeper into the dump, and we have a generation of young people who won't be able to compete in the world market. This may be good for the "captains of industry" who would love to have an uneducated and desperate workforce willing to accept third-world-level wages, but it certainly isn't good for the future of the United States.

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