As we enter testing opt-out season with its ever-increasing rising tide of test opposition, the fans of test-driven accountability have had to use every weapon in their arsenal to try to beat back the non-testing hordes who threaten modern educational progress (and corporate revenue streams). Now they've been reduced to using brute force and ridicule.

Testing, belief, charters, economists pretending to understand education, early reading and David Brooks bloviation-- all this week at Curmudgucation.

"Two hundred students are trapped in this failing facility. Trapped, I say. Trapped!! Luckily, we know what must be done."

Common Core, truth, lies, belief and political expediency. It's been a very deep week at Curmudgucation.

"Teaching to the test" is an oft-repeated phrase these days. We discuss it a great deal in education because A) we're doing it more than ever and B) everyone knows we're not supposed to.

Testing, testing, testing, and also, testing. Are we worried about anything else these days? Rowdy children in Newark! Oh, yeah. ESEA.

Relationships, not policy papers and legislative mandates, make the difference.

This week Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio all made their special marks in the education reform biz. Also, testing is still an issue.

Proponents of vouchers and choice systems never tire of touting the benefits of the free market. For them, the free market is like a colosseum in which gladiator products battle to become better, until the crown goes to those who are Most Excellent of All. It's a touchingly childlike belief; the free market will deliver excellence to customers just like Santa will deliver presents to good boys and girls.

This week, more rumblings about ESEA, more sales pitching for testing, and more dwindling effectiveness for a $12 million wonder.


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