Ok, so this is not about SL, but it is important to educators and students; it’s the worst education “reform” act ever written -come on -you know what it is, No Child Left Behind. Six years ago at a staff meeting I dared utter the words, “So we’re teaching to the test.” and my principal just about took my head off, now it’s an accepted fact -we ARE all teaching to the $#%@% test!
Do not despair teachers, there is hope! Reading Education Week this morning, I came across this quote:
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., a presidential candidate, struck first and directly at the holy grail of NCLB’s standardized testing. “It’s time we had a president who cares more about learning than about memorizing,” Sen. Clinton said before thousands of cheering New York state teachers in April. “The tests have become the curriculum instead of the other way around.”
WHOOPPEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Finally, someone has said something about education that makes sense; someone important who may well be our next president. Let’s hope that we, as a nation, have the good sense to elect her. It’s about time, don’t you think?
Fuller, Bruce (2007, August, 28). The Democrats’ ‘No Child’ divide, 27, Retrieved September 5, 2007, from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/08/29/01fuller.h27.html#top