Posted March 18, 2012 by Oldschoolteach in Education Blog, Education Issues, Elementary Education Blog, Standardized Testing, Teacher issues. 6 Comments
Posted by Michael Silvia on March 18, 2012 at 7:39 pm
Who is this brilliant lady? She states the obvious so eloquently that even the deliberately ignorant MUST understand her the gravity of her message.
Posted by Oldschoolteach on March 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Diane Ravitch, and yes, she is BRILLIANT!
Posted by Ashmahalah Martin on March 19, 2012 at 12:23 am
We are currently dealing with the same issue at my school.. Last year, the school received an “F” based on the standardized test. This year, the district is threatening to shut us down if we receive another one, but like this brilliant young lady mentioned, they do not take into consideration the demographics of the school. This year the FCAT test is also being grader harder which means there are going to be a lot more “D’s” and “F’s”.
Posted by richardcottingham on March 19, 2012 at 8:33 am
Diane Ravitch, an architect of No Child Left Behind, has much to say about the evils of standardized testing. Read her book, “The Life and Death of the Great American School System.”
There are plenty of others out there who state valid criticisms of this monstrous procedure. Marion Brady comes to mind easily.
What must happen is teachers and building administrators (Principals) must have the courage to refuse to continue the absurd testing. It is time for some civil (or maybe not so civil) disobedience.
Posted by Dawn on March 19, 2012 at 9:45 am
“Standardized testing is harmful to children’s brains.” I love this woman!
Posted by Linda Scherba on March 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm
This historian is Diane Ravitch. http://www.dianeravitch.com/
Wikipedia has this to say about her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Ravitch
Her books and work are worth getting to know about. I believe she has it correct.
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