The Chicago Teachers Union urged school administrators nationwide to discontinue the use of standardized tests, deriding them as corporate tools. The CTU recently released a report arguing that standardized tests are a faulty measure of student achievement. They also advance a pro-corporate agenda, the report said.(Snip) The union’s anti-testing push is part of a broader campaign by teachers unions nationwide. Teachers at one Seattle high school recently went on strike, refusing to administer a test that they feared would be used to hold them accountable.
Standardized testing was introduced and became widespread after it was no longer possible to deny or cover up the abysmal failure of vast sectors of the public education system. There is simply no other way to ensure at least minimal educational achievement in such populations. The great shame is that the teachers, administrators, parents and politicians of these at-risk students often, for a variety of bad reasons, oppose the one thing that holds out a glimmer of hope for them. The Chicago Teachers Union sounds like a prize bunch of folks. They are right about "corporate interests" and standardized testing. It is definitely in the interest of businesses for students to be able to read and write and do simple math. One might have thought it obvious that it would also be in the interest of the students.
Sure, refuse to test the kids in school, on anything resembling usefulness. Those same kids will be tested after school, on societal usefulness, and it will be the adults in their lives that will be found wanting when they fail. Here, smoke crack, teachers, it won´t bother you, then, when those you´ve been entrusted with fall off the self supporting train, because you refused them the help they needed to learn to operate in society.
Obviously there is no pride in the results of their work...Teachers put up with their ´students´ for eight hours a day, why should they have to be responsible for teaching them too? Maybe that´s why uneducated, non-English speaking illegal sneak-ins can and do take the jobs our Public School products can´t handle but claim they didn´t want them anyway...it´s easier to just hang around looking ´cool´ waiting for the mail man to deliver their welfare/unemployment checks... and these ´brilliant´ products get to vote too. I bet that if you had to prove you could read in order to vote there would be a cry in the hoods that it was discriminatory!
You can choose not to test to avoid embarrassing the teachers that have failed them. But ultimately they will go out in the real world and be tested another way. There are no second chances given at the morgue.
The "Piano Man" who became one of the world´s best-selling artists of all time with such hits as "Just the Way You Are," "Uptown Girl" and "Allentown" is being awarded the nation´s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts. Billy Joel joins Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children -- and have never stopped. Joel said the honor stands apart from his six Grammys. "This is different. It´s our nation´s capital," he
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The State Department on Friday defended its decision to commission a $1 million sculpture for the American embassy in London just days before the partial government shutdown in October. The department awarded the contract for the granite sculpture to Sean Scully, an Irish-born American artist, as part of its Art in Embassies program, which curates exhibitions for American embassy and consulate facilities. "Like much of the art purchased by this program, this piece was purchased under the market price after considerable negotiation with both the artist and the gallery. This is an important part of our diplomatic presence overseas," spokeswoman
More young men in California rise in pitch at the end of their sentences when talking, new research shows. This process is known as "uptalk" or "valleygirl speak" and has in the past been associated with young females, typically from California or Australia.But now a team says that this way of speaking is becoming more frequent among men.The findings were presented at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in California. "We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender," said Amanda Ritchart, a linguist at the University of
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
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7. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.” Via cbsnews.com 6. On Israel: “Israel should withdraw from all the areas which it won from the Arabs in 1967, and in particular Israel should withdraw completely from the Golan Heights, from south Lebanon and from the West Bank.” Via jweekly.com 5. On the U.S. war with Iraq: “All that (Mr. Bush) wants is Iraqi oil.” Via cbsnews.com 4. Mandela on Castro and the Cuban revolution: “From its earliest days, the Cuban Revolution has also been a