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Clinton's speech

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EVasso
Sun, 9 Feb 1997 14:20:21 -0500 (EST)

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Betty,

I'm sorry, did I miss something here? I don't see how you answered any of
the concerns that I raised?

Didn't YOU post excerpts from Clinton's State of the Union speech, posted it
not just once, but AGAIN after it had been posted a day before, and applaud
what it said. A speech which demands a "NATIONAL (my emphasis) crusade for
education standards -- not federal government standards, but national
standards representing what all of our students MUST KNOW (my emphasis) to
succeed in the knowledge economy (!) of the 21st century. EVERY STATE MUST
SHAPE THE CURRICULUM TO REFLECT THESE STANDARDS (my emphasis) and train
teachers to lift students up to meet them. To help schools meet the
standards and measure their progress, we will lead an effort over the next
two years to develop NATIONAL TESTS (my emphasis) of student achievement in
reading and math."

Now, Betty, you may want to call a national test, "an assessment process
through portfolio," (and some people want to call tax increases, "revenue
enhancements" and call members on the mafia, "security consultants"), but
Bill Clinton is clear about what he wants. Its right there in the speech:
national tests.

I can understand the feeling of many of my colleagues in wanting what we do
to be appreciated and supported by those in high places. But we should be
very careful about what we ask for. Getting it may cost us much more than we
can afford to pay.

-Fred


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