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06:12 PM on 06/12/2012
Republican war on women and war on education continues. Sad part is they're winning.
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GlennWatson
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06:22 PM on 06/12/2012
Obama is a dem.
07:16 AM on 06/13/2012
Not on education.
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09:06 AM on 06/13/2012
Blame Blame Blame! "Your all worthless and Weak, now get out of my sight" We rank 26th in overall Education around this Rock. Guess what sissy britches it's not about your liberal agenda. It's about a failed system!
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manfrommars
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06:03 PM on 06/12/2012
Perhaps, to see if it is really that bad, all teachers should take it the first day they go back in the fall? Does that make too much sense? They don't need to have the results sent away to India for scoring. . just make copies and score them yourselves.
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GlennWatson
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06:23 PM on 06/12/2012
I'm game. But they are afraid we would tell out students what the question are. Which we would.
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rachydee
If logic prevailed, men would ride side-saddle
04:53 PM on 06/12/2012
Says more about the stupidity of testing than the quality of students and teachers.
04:18 PM on 06/12/2012
The FCAT has to go. It's another Bush (Jeb this time) disaster. Get rid of it and let teachers get back to teaching.
04:07 PM on 06/12/2012
In the past, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has criticized states for implementing "dummied down standards."

"You could dummy down your standards," he said last year at the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast. "If you could tell the public that more students in your state were quote-unquote meeting state standards, that helped you get re-elected. But it did a great disservice to young people.”

The U.S. secretary of education??? Its quote, end of quote. Not unquote.
Allthosewhowander
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04:34 PM on 06/12/2012
He will be an eduindustry lobbyist soon. Just because he is the US Secretary of Education does not mean he is an educator. That is one of the biggest issues with education today. Many many people with little or no knowledge of education, instruction, or child development are making mandates, creating policy, and passing legislation that micromanages schools and teachers. The political/business model of education is failing students and communities miserably, and has convinced the masses that it is the failings are the result of bad teachers.
06:26 PM on 06/12/2012
Convincing everyone that our public schools were failing was the main emphasis of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Then, parents could be given vouchers to send their children to church schools.

But, once church schools teach science to our students, American leadership in business and industry will give way to the superior knowledge of students from China and India.

The other problem with church schools: They believe that they hold the secret keys to knowledge...and that everyone else is deceived...especially scientists.

Letting politicians meddle with education puts the US on the fast track to Third World status.
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04:34 PM on 06/12/2012
Actually "quote, unquote" is a widely used idiom. There us nothing wrong with it.
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SidTheScienceKid
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03:50 PM on 06/12/2012
Anecdotal 63 year old test taker is not an argument for anything.

Why don't we bite the bullet and get serious about a NATIONAL superior curriculum and testing ?
Finally crush the bull 'tihs' dumbeb down factories of creationists in the public schools ?

STEM...SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MATH (and biology)! No religion, no pointless rewritten history until one has excelled on the skills that actually are worth something in the world market.

American Idol , facebook ... certainly are not things for progress.
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RhymeAndReason
11:24 AM on 06/13/2012
When you implement that national curriculum and testing standard, you have to make sure that you implement national training, testing, and support of teachers because the truth is, many classrooms have teachers who aren't up to the job, many school districts that aren't financially fit for the job and many schools that aren't prepared for the national standards.
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SidTheScienceKid
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11:31 AM on 06/13/2012
That is the current status. As a nation, we want to change for the better, right ?
So,you are onboard with this, correct ?
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Natalie Worlow
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03:28 PM on 06/13/2012
I remember reading an article on here about education in Finland. If I recall correctly, they don't have a national test (or even regional tests), yet they are always at the top internationally. Granted, their population is different -- overwhelmingly one ethnicity with few minorities and overall a well-off population that doesn't have to deal with the problems that come along with poverty -- but maybe, just maybe, they're on to something. Imagine if we had no tests and could actually spend 180 days teaching instead of prepping. I have no doubt that we would do better than we are doing now.
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SidTheScienceKid
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03:39 PM on 06/13/2012
So, if we were someone else we would be better ? :(
That made me sad.
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johnatUHD
Lions,Tigers, Republicans, oh my...
03:20 PM on 06/12/2012
Don't worry folks! Social Darwinism is alive and well! The Republicans are hard at work getting rid of public education altogether. Fire the teachers, create for-profit elementary schools, high schools. After all, the rich want to have their stupid children not have to compete with poor smart kids. So, don't worry about the test scores...
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gloriab
10:08 AM on 06/13/2012
Your comment resonates with me. Florida is doing just that. In the near future, students will be educated online, and far fewer teachers will be needed. Profit over people.
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MarcEdward
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03:06 PM on 06/12/2012
So massive testing is not the cure to everything in the universe. Who would have thought that?
Oh, pretty much everybody.
Allthosewhowander
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04:37 PM on 06/12/2012
The only thing testing has proven to cure are the profit margins for testing and publishing companies.
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cmr86
Reality. Progressively-based.
03:03 PM on 06/12/2012
It sounds like the assessments are not aligned with the curriculum.
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SidTheScienceKid
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03:42 PM on 06/12/2012
I see a bias on that phrasing.
How about 'curriculum and assessments are not aligned with each other.' ?
I would prefer to see the most intense of the two pull the oher up, instead of down.
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cmr86
Reality. Progressively-based.
04:06 PM on 06/12/2012
Fair enough. Poor phrasing on my part. I'm exhausted.
Allthosewhowander
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04:40 PM on 06/12/2012
Next school year at common core standards role out in my school district, my students will still be tested by the same archaic once a year standardized test that isn't really alligned with any curriculum. Roughly 50% of my professional evaluation will be based on those standardized test scores. Does that make sense to anybody?
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SidTheScienceKid
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05:59 PM on 06/12/2012
What do you teach ?
I really wonder what is the disconnection between tests and each curricula.
Certainly math does not change over time... high school physics does not change over time (no puns!)... high school chemistry does not change over time...
What is it that is throwing everyone off ? History ? English ? Baking ?
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stopnlisten
Simplify, simplify!
02:43 PM on 06/12/2012
I get this.

Make everyone who makes others take these tests and holds teachers and districts responsible take the tests themselves. Then let's see.....
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SidTheScienceKid
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03:43 PM on 06/12/2012
...see your comment have no effect on anything :(