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´Today was the first day I was
ashamed to be a teacher´

Washington Post, by Valerie Strauss

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Posted By:Fiesta del sol, 5/5/2014 6:57:33 AM

Students around the country are taking high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests now and some teachers are expressing unhappiness about having to administer them. Some are refusing to administer them and others are going public with their concerns about the nature of the tests and the emphasis being placed on them by policymakers. Numerous problems have been reported with these tests in New York, including badly worded questions, unfair cut scores that determine who does well and who doesn’t, and booklets with blank pages. Entertainer Louis C.K. complained about the tests on Twitter and t

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: franq, 5/5/2014 7:14:36 AM     (No. 9836639)

Dude, the education industry has been trying to re-invent the wheel since the ´70´s.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mathman, 5/5/2014 7:17:41 AM     (No. 9836641)

What did he expect? This is a Big Government operation. As a BGO, all the rules are crafted by persons with no knowledge or skill about education or children. The test maker skill set is bureaucratic survival: constructing objects which satisfy the supervisors. The test has to look good; it has to have lots of words; it has to be multicultural; it has to pass the buckshot rule (test as many subjects as possible); and it has to be politically correct. What could go wrong?
The test itself is wrong. To be educated is not the same as passing tests. Life does not come at us in the form of check boxes. The best test takers ever are in China, where bureaucratic jobs have always been based on tests. And look how that worked out.
How many tests did Steve Jobs pass?
What was that Einstein academic record, again?
A perfect Government test will produce zero information for maximum expense, and leave in its wake millions of discouraged students. Those students will thereafter be dependent on Government largesse, and vote Democratic. Death to Freedom!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jinx, 5/5/2014 7:25:38 AM     (No. 9836652)

I think every member of Congress should have to take those Common Core tests before being sworn in. If they can´t pass, they have to go home.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Globalwarmer, 5/5/2014 8:05:37 AM     (No. 9836694)

Build a bonfire with these tests and have the kids roast marshmallows.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chicodon, 5/5/2014 8:20:07 AM     (No. 9836707)

"I lost it today. I lost a little bit of my self-esteem. I lost my faith in MY PARTY. I lost my faith in my ability to protect my students. I lost my faith in our future."

Hope and Change. He will still vote democrat.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: privateer, 5/5/2014 8:53:22 AM     (No. 9836740)

Natch! Were he not congenitally stupid, he wouldn´t be a Dhimrat.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: skedaddle, 5/5/2014 8:59:16 AM     (No. 9836747)

So he finally got to feel the sharp end of the stick he has probably been actively pushing. His "my party" comment is the key to everything wrong with this teacher. Glad he suffered a little - bet he´ll still votes for "my party".

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Reply 8 - Posted by: shamus, 5/5/2014 9:04:45 AM     (No. 9836757)

American schools are very poorly administered.

The way they approach testing is a travesty. They allow people interested in the outcome to give the test, creating a blatant conflict of interest (and resultant cheating scandals). They give far too many tests, and they refuse to use technology to improve their eforts.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Brittany, 5/5/2014 9:37:37 AM     (No. 9836803)

When you look at these Common Core problems, you find instructions that make no sense, methods that make no sense, and just terrible page quality that should embarrass anyone who created the texts. This on top of a mangled philosophy that dumbs down anybody taught by Common Core or at least demoralizes their efforts to understand this garbage. Any teacher or administrator that doesn´t recognize this is just not educated in any sense of the word. I saw this coming many years ago when I did my education schooling on the graduate level and at least there were some well-intentioned and smart teachers in the system and in teacher education. They are still there but recent stupid decisions on the administrative level that you have read about indicates the quality is sadly lower.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Coy860, 5/5/2014 9:43:54 AM     (No. 9836811)

I once saw an 8th grade exam from the early 1900s. College graduates couldn´t pass it today.


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Reply 11 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 5/5/2014 11:59:58 AM     (No. 9837109)

Serious question: Do Home Schoolers have to teach Common Core? Do Private schools? Just wondering.

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