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  •  Thanks teacherken (2+ / 0-)
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    The school in this book sounds exactly like the schools I have worked in recently; same demographics, and the same underlying frustrations despite scores rising.

    The teachers are, on one hand, happy to show the naysayers using their own tests and distorted beliefs in "scoring as proof of achievement model", the successful scores, yet all know the truth.   The really good teachers know how much their students are missing in their education; how many opportunities to think, explore, challenge and be awed by their own learning are being stolen because of the overwhelming time put into rote learning and memorizing  key phrases.  
    I could see, working with fifth graders, how they all could identify similes, metaphors, personification, etc.   Yet they didn't get the chance to understand the why that language worked or feel the beauty of the language and how it affected why one could, if allowed, feel the sense, the meaning.  And rarely did they get the opportunity to write freely.  Everything is about "constructed" responses, creativity and imagination be damned. **It can be compared to an art teacher giving her students a coloring book instead of a blank page, and telling them to "construct the picture", making sure to color by the numbers...skies always blue, grass always green. And, btw, stay in the lines.

    It all reminded me of a book published in either the late 60s or early 70s:  Teacher, the Geranium on the Windowsill Just Died but You just Kept on Teaching.   Even back then, educators were starting to see the trend.  I guess many of us never really believed it could ever get so bad.

    Looking forward to getting and reading this book.

    •  it could get worse (0+ / 0-)

      which is why I am about to head for the Hill for a hearing on NCLB, and perhaps the chance to button hole and lobby a few people.

      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 08:34:40 AM PDT

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