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Teachers Continues NCLB Protest in Classroom

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Madison, Wis., teacher David Wasserman, right, continued to protest NCLB's testing policies yesterday. Instead of proctoring a state test, he sat at his desk while colleagues handed out exams, read directions, and made sure students didn't cheat.

"I was able to stick to my morals. I did not have to touch a single test booklet. I didn't have to read a single direction," he told the Associated Press. "I sat there quietly while the students were working really hard on this really unnatural assessment that they are not used to."

He said he expects to receive a letter of reprimand for leaving his class in protest Tuesday instead of giving the state tests.

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You are my hero. Somebody has to stop this terrible charade happening to our children. I shall follow your blog.

Good for Mr. Wasserman for having to courage to take this bold step for our children!

http://erikhuey.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/teachers-becoming-conscientious-objectors-of-nclb/

E.C. Huey

RIGHT ON!!
I fully support and encourage more teachers and parents who stand up to this ridiculous testing requirement. It's ludicrous that the lawmakers who wrote it actually believe in it's validity as a measure for the quality of a school/teacher. Pure poppycock!
Join the protest!!

Finally someone with backbone!

Standardized testing gives a false assessment.

To those who believe the testing is a good assessment of whether or not a child is truly educated or a good student, please do not bad mouth a teacher.

Keep in mind that, using your own logic, it should be obvious that they are a good, educated teacher, because they passed all the certification TESTS to obtain that title.

I don't mean to make it appear that I am picking on teachers. Think about it. How many of us know people who obviously passed all the tests required for their degree or certification but they can't actually perform the skills needed to be proficient in their field?

The education system needs a major overhaul in general. My child HAS been left behind, and not for lack of parental input. I have four kids, two in college, two in fifth grade. The youngest is in accelerated class, but her sister has documented, diagnosed problems relating to her ability to process and recall information. Her former school was starting a program specifically for kids with her problem, but we had to change schools due to a move and the new school just flat refused to help her. Despite information from doctors, therapists, and former teachers/counselors, the teachers blew me off and treated her as if she were lazy, the counselor NEVER returned my repeated calls requesting a meeting, and the principal became very adept at dodging me. This continued for almost two years until I got fed up and went over their heads, and their response was simply to put her in special education and forget about her. I had been told by professionals that special ed was not equipped for and would not help her particular problem, but I agreed as a last resort so they wouldn't hold her back. The next year, they held her back anyway, and the special ed class is actually doing more harm than good in her case...but there's nothing else for her. This school system has let my daughter fall through the cracks, yet this particular school is hailed as one of the most academically advanced public elementary schools in the state and prides itself on that fact, with the principal touting the 'No Child Left Behind' mantra at PTA meetings. I'm a single working mom and, much as I would like to, I can't financialy afford to homeschool. This whole 'no child left behind' hooey seems to me to be no more than someone's political platform booster made up of senseless testing to provide demographics and no real-time help to kids who really ARE being 'left behind' by a system that fails them.

I am afraid that my anger over NCLB is rendering me speechless. I do not know where to begin. As a public school teacher working with the deaf and hard of hearing for close to 30 years now, I have to say that this is the worse bill, system, lie I have encountered in all this time. Teaching has been replaced with testing, assessing, documentation, more testing, more documentation and more assessing. I had to comfort a group of 13 year olds who watched their peers eating McDonald's Happy Meals for passing the test they had failed as they are forced to test at grade instead of instructional level. Not a "happy" meal for them though they had tried their hardest.

Thank you sir for your courage. If only most teachers had this level of courage. Though all systems are flawed to a degree, the US education system seems particularly flawed. If a child is told that the highest level of achievement that they can reach is at a certain point, the vast majority of them will not attempt to reach that level, they will aim lower. so, if the bar of excellence is set at what others perceive as basic knowledge for that grade, then the children will score lower than that bar, thereby not showing mastery of the grade level information. However, if tested and taught at a higher level, then when they score mediocrely, then they will pass, and when they score excellently, they will be scoring into the next grade.

A major problem caused by NCLB is that it encourages a test based curriculum and school schedule. The month approaching each test will be singularly devoted to reviewing for the test, time will be taken out of the schedule for "rallies" and propaganda videos.

It is not just standardized testing that is flawed, but also other aspects of the system. If I took you and forced you to work for me, you'd be pretty mad. especially since their is no paycheck, no healthcare. 8 hour work day, 5 days a week, then, when you get home, another 4 hours of work. Everything you do is monitored, your forced to perform manual tasks. Disobeying your supervisor is punishable by complete isolation for extended periods of time, no questions asked. Your superior's word is law. This is not exactly a productive working environment, yet this is school. It reeks of some sort of fascist government system. picture IDs must be worn at all time, if not worn, then last to receive food. to venture outside of specified rooms none must attain a pass. you are subject to random searches. i could go on. this is the environment your children are sent to everyday. And no one bats an eyelash.

Eventually, the silence will be broken.

Thank you sir for your courage. If only most teachers had this level of courage. Though all systems are flawed to a degree, the US education system seems particularly flawed. If a child is told that the highest level of achievement that they can reach is at a certain point, the vast majority of them will not attempt to reach that level, they will aim lower. so, if the bar of excellence is set at what others perceive as basic knowledge for that grade, then the children will score lower than that bar, thereby not showing mastery of the grade level information. However, if tested and taught at a higher level, then when they score mediocrely, then they will pass, and when they score excellently, they will be scoring into the next grade.

A major problem caused by NCLB is that it encourages a test based curriculum and school schedule. The month approaching each test will be singularly devoted to reviewing for the test, time will be taken out of the schedule for "rallies" and propaganda videos.

It is not just standardized testing that is flawed, but also other aspects of the system. If I took you and forced you to work for me, you'd be pretty mad. especially since their is no paycheck, no healthcare. 8 hour work day, 5 days a week, then, when you get home, another 4 hours of work. Everything you do is monitored, your forced to perform manual tasks. Disobeying your supervisor is punishable by complete isolation for extended periods of time, no questions asked. Your superior's word is law. This is not exactly a productive working environment, yet this is school. It reeks of some sort of fascist government system. picture IDs must be worn at all time, if not worn, then last to receive food. to venture outside of specified rooms none must attain a pass. you are subject to random searches. i could go on. this is the environment your children are sent to everyday. And no one bats an eyelash.

Eventually, the silence will be broken.

Thank you sir for your courage. If only most teachers had this level of courage. Though all systems are flawed to a degree, the US education system seems particularly flawed. If a child is told that the highest level of achievement that they can reach is at a certain point, the vast majority of them will not attempt to reach that level, they will aim lower. so, if the bar of excellence is set at what others perceive as basic knowledge for that grade, then the children will score lower than that bar, thereby not showing mastery of the grade level information. However, if tested and taught at a higher level, then when they score mediocrely, then they will pass, and when they score excellently, they will be scoring into the next grade.

A major problem caused by NCLB is that it encourages a test based curriculum and school schedule. The month approaching each test will be singularly devoted to reviewing for the test, time will be taken out of the schedule for "rallies" and propaganda videos.

It is not just standardized testing that is flawed, but also other aspects of the system. If I took you and forced you to work for me, you'd be pretty mad. especially since their is no paycheck, no healthcare. 8 hour work day, 5 days a week, then, when you get home, another 4 hours of work. Everything you do is monitored, your forced to perform manual tasks. Disobeying your supervisor is punishable by complete isolation for extended periods of time, no questions asked. Your superior's word is law. This is not exactly a productive working environment, yet this is school. It reeks of some sort of fascist government system. picture IDs must be worn at all time, if not worn, then last to receive food. to venture outside of specified rooms none must attain a pass. you are subject to random searches. i could go on. this is the environment your children are sent to everyday. And no one bats an eyelash.

Eventually, the silence will be broken.

Thank you sir for your courage. If only most teachers had this level of courage. Though all systems are flawed to a degree, the US education system seems particularly flawed. If a child is told that the highest level of achievement that they can reach is at a certain point, the vast majority of them will not attempt to reach that level, they will aim lower. so, if the bar of excellence is set at what others perceive as basic knowledge for that grade, then the children will score lower than that bar, thereby not showing mastery of the grade level information. However, if tested and taught at a higher level, then when they score mediocrely, then they will pass, and when they score excellently, they will be scoring into the next grade.

A major problem caused by NCLB is that it encourages a test based curriculum and school schedule. The month approaching each test will be singularly devoted to reviewing for the test, time will be taken out of the schedule for "rallies" and propaganda videos.

It is not just standardized testing that is flawed, but also other aspects of the system. If I took you and forced you to work for me, you'd be pretty mad. especially since their is no paycheck, no healthcare. 8 hour work day, 5 days a week, then, when you get home, another 4 hours of work. Everything you do is monitored, your forced to perform manual tasks. Disobeying your supervisor is punishable by complete isolation for extended periods of time, no questions asked. Your superior's word is law. This is not exactly a productive working environment, yet this is school. It reeks of some sort of fascist government system. picture IDs must be worn at all time, if not worn, then last to receive food. to venture outside of specified rooms none must attain a pass. you are subject to random searches. i could go on. this is the environment your children are sent to everyday. And no one bats an eyelash.

Eventually, the silence will be broken.

Thank you sir for your courage. If only most teachers had this level of courage. Though all systems are flawed to a degree, the US education system seems particularly flawed. If a child is told that the highest level of achievement that they can reach is at a certain point, the vast majority of them will not attempt to reach that level, they will aim lower. so, if the bar of excellence is set at what others perceive as basic knowledge for that grade, then the children will score lower than that bar, thereby not showing mastery of the grade level information. However, if tested and taught at a higher level, then when they score mediocrely, then they will pass, and when they score excellently, they will be scoring into the next grade.

A major problem caused by NCLB is that it encourages a test based curriculum and school schedule. The month approaching each test will be singularly devoted to reviewing for the test, time will be taken out of the schedule for "rallies" and propaganda videos.

It is not just standardized testing that is flawed, but also other aspects of the system. If I took you and forced you to work for me, you'd be pretty mad. especially since their is no paycheck, no healthcare. 8 hour work day, 5 days a week, then, when you get home, another 4 hours of work. Everything you do is monitored, your forced to perform manual tasks. Disobeying your supervisor is punishable by complete isolation for extended periods of time, no questions asked. Your superior's word is law. This is not exactly a productive working environment, yet this is school. It reeks of some sort of fascist government system. picture IDs must be worn at all time, if not worn, then last to receive food. to venture outside of specified rooms none must attain a pass. you are subject to random searches. i could go on. this is the environment your children are sent to everyday. And no one bats an eyelash.

Eventually, the silence will be broken.

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