June 2012 Archives

Don't most teachers stay in teaching because they find it personally rewarding? Can't every reasonably good teacher generate stories about The Kid Who Was Hard to Reach, who somehow came around, or the deep satisfaction of seeing the light bulb of student comprehension turn on?


Standardization is about uniformity and comparison. Assessment is something else entirely.


What I know as a music assessment specialist: We measure what we value. We can shoot to expand teachers' own assessment literacy in the arts. We can enhance their instructional and curricular repertoires. But we won't raise teaching quality in the arts by administering standardized tests.


Teachers and Stockholm Syndrome? It is highly likely that our genetic code, women's and men's, is deeply engrained to not resist authoritative powers, even those that are malevolent.


If more women were writing and speaking powerfully about education policy, philosophy and practice, would public schools be perceived as America's best, albeit neglected, hope for the future--rather than an opportunity for profit and control?


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