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The Death of Creativity in the Classroom

Randy Turner | Posted 07.13.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

The more importance that is placed on standardized tests, the more teaching to the test we will see, including the administering of entire series of practice tests. We will see an increase in scripted, cookie-cutter lesson plans because when administrators' jobs are on the line.

The Common Core Nightmare That Awaits Us

Randy Turner | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Randy Turner

If students are going to be tested three times a year, then gullible school districts will be shelling out hundreds of thousands for test preparation materials, and before you know it, there will be no time to do anything but teach to the test.

A Warning to Young People: Don't Become a Teacher

Randy Turner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Randy Turner

Young teachers from across the United States have told me they no longer have the ability to properly manage classrooms not because of lack of desire, but because of upper administration decisions to reduce statistics on classroom referrals and in-school and out-of-school suspensions.

I'll Miss Arne's Trip to Joplin: We're Testing That Day

Randy Turner | Posted 11.21.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

If Secretary of Education Arne Duncan steps into my 8th grade classroom when he visits tornado-stricken Joplin, he will have an opportunity to see a man-made disaster that he made possible.

Teaching to the Test

Randy Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Randy Turner

Spring parent-teacher conferences were held this morning at the school where I teach and my belief, that in my dozen years as a teacher I had heard everything, was shattered to the core