I have no faith in standardized tests. I can use logic and my knowledge
of Latin and a little Greek to ace almost any standardized test while
not understanding any of the material. That said.
Even when you do well on THE TEST - people find a way to backhand you.
Last year our school missed Exemplary by .4 of a point. (We scored an
89.6 you have to have 90 for exemplary) At our big district workshop
before school started, people came up and cooed "Your school did so well
for your population". It made my blood boil. Yes our kids are poor and
some of our parents work 2 - 3 jobs to put food on the table - but our
kids are capable of anything their kids are capable of doing!!!!!!!!!!!
I not only grew up in Memorial - I went to Memorial HS! You could not
pay me enough to work in a "rich" school. I saw what my classmates
parents tried to do to teachers (not to even mention the chief of police
when he arrested their kids for drunk driving).
From: Christa Wise [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 7:47 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: People not understanding the stress and strains of teaching
Re: "Right now, teachers are being held accountable for low test scores.
OOOO, this got me in a lather...The respect issue is that the public and
politicians all seem to know how to teach better than we do. The is a
general consensus that we don't know what we are doing.
The governor in Michigan (Engler - be happy he could not deliver
to Bush or he might be Sec'y of Education right now) decided he would
standardized tests to see which schools are failing so they would shape
Government seems to think kids are cars on an assembly line. If you
do "This" to them they will all come out reading. What fools. Kids do
come with the same raw material. We have no quality control, and we
reject a sub-standard shipment.
Actually, if you gave me students who got three squares a day, a minimum
five hugs, eight hours of sleep, and a half an hour of quality
with a caregiver, I'd volunteer to teach them anything.