Friday, March 22, 2013

Child centered vs. test centered....

I participated in discussion with a high stakes testing advocate on the Daily Kos diary: Chicago Public Schools Meltdown. Here is a portion of what I wrote after the advocate asked me for data supporting my claim that high stakes testing is a poor way to assess children.

"Prove to me...that standardized testing is good for America. Last time I checked, after 30 years of standardized education and 12 years of high stakes testing, 26% of children in America are living in poverty, gap between rich and poor is the largest it has ever been, US wages have stagnated while productivity has dramatically increased and creative learning opportunities in our schools is on the decline."
Standardized tests ensure that the child is central to the decision-making process, because we test the child.
ManhattanMan this statement reveals a deficit in your understanding of what it takes to optimize learning experience for a group of heterogeneous learners.
It also reveals you are an advocate for corporate test publishing companies or other corporate interests related to corporate education rephorm.
Children are not in control of their educational experiences when testing companies dictate to them what they will learn, how they will learn it and when they will learn it. Problem is...children learn at different rates and in different modalities.
 What you are prescribing is Pavlovian Behaviorism for other peoples children.
Bad, bad, bad...
You disrespect teachers who work in incredibly difficult circumstances.
Here is your data...I've got a ton more.
I have observed thousands of children who are not motivated to experience or participate in standardized learning experience and do not take their tests seriously.
Then their are other children who are driven to tears because they do not deal with the stress caused by your damned tests, many of whom end up hating school and end up dropping out.
We know their is a concerted effort to destroy public education in America by those who profit from standardized testing.
I consider you as one who is aligned with the corporate rheeform movement.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Taping of the Mouths

Why has there been no comprehensive investigation into Michelle Rhee's test cheating scandal and subsequent cover-up?

If a comprehensive investigation is good enough for the Atlanta Public Schools, then DC under the odious  Rhee should be a prime target. 

Michelle Rhee got away with taping her student's mouths shut during her first years as a teacher. After demoralizing children and staff at D.C. public schools, she is now making millions of dollars as an edushyster collecting money from test publishing companies that would divert tax dollars away from public schools and experienced teachers so that more money can be spent on standardized testing.

David Coleman, architect of the Common Core Standards, high stakes standardized testing advocate and Bill Gates lackey says "...nobody gives a shit what you (students) feel or what you think," wants to tape children's mouths shut so they will passively comply with their mind numbing education predicated on test prep.

The real problem with edusysters taping student's mouths shut is that children have no voice in the learning experiences they engage in. This leads to all kinds of problems including disengagement and an educational experience that does not connect to children's strengths, passions or interests.

Under RttT's testing scheme that reduces children to standardized test data we have become a nation doomed to experience more failures of imagination.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Bill Gates and his cohorts want to standardize your child's learning experiences.

The top 1 percent have the means and the influence to deprive children of high quality, multi sensory,  learner centered educational experiences and create the illusion that test prep is good for your child.