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Tests and Children: Accessories to Education

Sara Roos | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Sara Roos

The essence of Education ®eform has been to transform students from the object to which pedagogy is directed, into the subject that is scrutinized as a proxy measure for institutional effect.

Opt Out and Save Democracy

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

If enough parents are willing to join the movement, keep their children home on test days, ignore the threats, the battle lines will be clear. School officials, local school boards, state legislators and members of Congress will be faced with a real school choice: Whose side are you on?

It's Just the Start of the Winter/Spring Testing Season, and Already...

John Thompson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Since the beginning of bubble-in mania, also known as corporate reform, learning has typically stagnated during the winter test-prep season and halted for the school year with the April testing season. With Common Core, however, children have already taken their seats in front of computer screens and started their seemingly endless high-stakes assessments.

Why Our Kids Don't Love School Anymore

Michael Elliot | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Parents and students talked about the dramatic changes in curriculum and a flood of test prep in classes and homework. Some spoke about the massive expenditures for technology and testing materials, as hands-on instructional time declined.

Why Tulsa Teachers Risk Their Jobs to Opt Out of the Testing Madness

John Thompson | Posted 01.25.2015 | Education
John Thompson

Some non-educators are taken aback by the series of reports on the way that testing eats up incredible amounts of class time -- up to 80 days a year.

Occupying the Department of Education

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2012 | Education
Shaun Johnson

No one's sleeping in a tent. No one is unwelcome. But it is turning various sites at and around the DOE into temporary outdoor classrooms.

Public Schools Are Not Negotiable

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

"I'm not opting my kids out of testing again this year to bring focus to the tests. I'm doing it to take away the data from the advocates of choice an...