There's always a lot of blame, from the media, from citizens on the street, and now from their own bosses. The numbers are never enough to satisfy. And sometimes all available choices lead to a public dressing down, or a threat of dismissal.
April 2012 Archives
The backlash against high-stakes standardized testing is growing into a genuine nationwide revolt.
Can we build a response that doesn't rest on fear, but rather on hope?
Does she really think that students will learn more if their teachers live in fear? How can she feel good about leading a campaign to turn public education into a for-profit enterprise and reduce teaching to a job, not a profession.
Everything is a "race," a "competition;" everyone and everything is rank ordered. We forget that no matter how "we" improve there are always exactly the same number of kids in the front of the line as at the end of the line.
The Scholastic-Gates Survey says in its conclusion that "On average, teachers work about 11 hours and 25 minutes a day."
We dumb down young people's education early by suggesting that in democracy it's one vote for every one person.
The Texas revolt was seeded by the efforts of nearly three dozen district superintendents who began meeting in 2006 and produced a joint statement about their vision for the future of education.