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  •  you cannot read this book (2+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, va dare

    and support NCLB...there's just no way...

    Save public education from corporatisation: Educator Roundtable

    by DeweyCounts on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 06:00:26 AM PDT

    •  Like a lot of things... (1+ / 0-)
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      Noor B

      ... it seems like a one step up, two steps back process. I imagine the increasingly intense focus on math and reading does produce higher average levels of basic competence in those areas, and those are skills everyone needs. So it might be beneficial to the less talented students. But I would guess the real losers are the more gifted students in the poorer schools, since it sounds like the teaching methods would kill anyone's love of learning.

      •  actually it may decrease their skills (2+ / 0-)
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        Noor B, lemming22

        at least in terms of language -  kids get drilled to repeat part of the question, to underline the so-called "$100 dollar words"  - they learn pat phrases like the one I cited about a poem to stick into their BCRs.

        Maryland used to have functional writing tests, which required kids to do persuasive and informative writing.  Kids were being drilled to begin their pieces with:I am writing to persuade you" or "I am writing to inform you" respectively.  But the quality of writing necessary to get a passing score is not necessarily something that helps when one gets to a higher level.

        Maryland's high school tests do not have a penalty for guessing on the multiple choice questions, so by using process of elimination students should be scoring above their underlying knowledge.

        And so much money is being spent on test prep, including materials and consultants, that funds that could otherwise have been applied to giving more individual help to students is simply not available.

        Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

        by teacherken on Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 06:38:44 AM PDT

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    •  Hard to see how you can support (1+ / 0-)
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      NCLB even without reading the book.

      I mean, a lot of the Repubs are dingdongs and misanthropes.  But Ted Kennedy?  

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