will there be a cake?

Yeah. As for the so-called erosion of confidence in the validity of results based on the change in tests, any inability to interpret said results just means the test was, once again, a huge resource-eating waste of precious time, but what else is new? My school made AYP, not because it is an academic community of otherworldly gifted teachers instructing children of otherworldly intelligence, but due to a combination of hard work, great heart, and good fortune. Demographics are KEY. Poverty = lower test scores. So what shall we do for schools with impoverished students? Let's take away their funding, that ought to shape 'em up.

I am sure we'll always, always have to work with stupid federal carrot-stick mandates, and I still cherish the place I chose in this system; I don't expect radical overnight changes, I think we should be proactive, not bitter. I do, however, really, REALLY object to calling the program "No Child Left Behind." I think a lot of people would be so much less angry if we just wiped that misnomer right off the board and started fresh. "Our Very Best Intentions." "Hey You, Keep Up." "Get Rid of Recess." "Scores Count, You Don't."

Just me?

1 comment:

Dan said...

no, it's not just you. but between you and me, you're the one most affected by that whole policy. and as far as titles go, it's what's catchy. you know that old saying about best intentions right? my question is how many active teachers did they consult for the program? versus older group of politicans that mess with wording/programs.