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  •  "Standards" are not more subject matter ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Ms Citizen

    Standards are broken laundry lists of rote memorization. They are a product line, with endless management services to promote the 3 pages of disconnected bullets we are now allowed to teach and test in each science.  This past Monday, I watched a table full of biology teachers exchange mnemonic gibberish sentences they had been given in their for-profit standards-driven training sessions, to prep kids for the bubble tests.  I was ashamed for all of you who have let yourselves be bamboozled by these hucksters into mindlessly equating "standards" with depth, content, or rigor just because the word sounds tough.

    I'm doing all this because I'm a real chemistry teacher!  Do you really have any concept of what I give these kids when I can put that subject over to them?  That is what we should focus on, and these crooks and liars with their AIG billions are trying to stamp it out to extend their corporate domination model.

    It is the power of action that calls reason into being - John Dewey

    by chemtchr on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 02:58:18 AM PDT

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    •  depth and rigor of understanding (1+ / 0-)
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      are absolutely what I support.

      Testing using multiple-choice questions only cannot assess depth of understanding. I hate seeing my taxpayer money go to pay for shallow testing, and toward for-profit charter schools  that all too often teach to the lowest common denominator.

      I do support testing designed by teachers, which combines multiple choice and more in-depth questions requiring free response answers. I have seen some of that on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests (NAEP tests). But those aren't the ones we ask our students to take -- instead, every state makes its own test.

      It is true that almost all the standards I have seen are more like lists of things for kids to memorize. The national mathematics' teachers standards are not, and I'm sure that is in part because it was the professional association that wrote them, and not state administrators. Does an equivalent exist for chemistry?

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