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Steve Ransom

When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 6 views

  • A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”
  • “If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.
  • “It makes no sense to me that a test with the potential for shaping a student’s entire future has so little apparent relevance to adult, real-world functioning.
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  • Those decisions are shaped not by knowledge or understanding of educating, but by ideology, politics, hubris, greed, ignorance, the conventional wisdom, and various combinations thereof. And then they’re sold to the public by the rich and powerful.
  • “It’s education by humiliation,” Kaplan said. “I’ve never seen teachers and principals so degraded.”
    A powerful anecdote which speaks to the value of our current silly test-based education trajectory
Steve Ransom

Despite Obama's Urging, Policy Stymies Science Students, Teachers Say - - 18 views

  • In middle school, science fair projects are typically still required — and, teachers lament, all too often completed by parents.
  • In many schools, science fairs depend on teachers who shoulder the extra work. They supervise participants and research, raise the money for medals and poster boards, and find judges — all on their own time.
    Sad statement of the lack of sufficient time to really get into science that leads naturally to the display of learning... on class time, not extracurricular time. The US DOE is really not interested in deep learning at all...
Steve Ransom

Daily Kos: Notice to All Banker Types from a Teacher - 97 views

    Sadly funny.
Steve Ransom

Mother hopes others will opt out of standardized testing - - 3 views

    Parents opting out of yearly grueling 2 weeks of standardized testing.
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