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Friday, February 04, 2005


John McGeough

This is a brilliant post. I retired last year from a school that became completely derailed regarding actual teaching. We benchmarked students about every six weeks. These were major tests that took a week to give. One day was devoted to each test. Then the administrators had the teachers identify the worst objectives. After that those objectives were taught into the ground. Benchmarks were then given on the referenced objectives. The worst ones were identified. So, in the end we taught less and less material until the vanishing point was on the horizon. What has happened to education in America is appalling. The race into the oblivion of high-stakes testing unfortunately continues unabated.


Thanks so much, John. And YOU have a great blog--just discovered....

How do you write when you REALLY get angry?!


I guess it is a personality fault. I do some of my best work when I am angry, as I was tonight after seeing the video of the foul bus driver. It is very hard for me to just sit down and do a piece without an emotional motivation. Such an event would be kids getting the crap kicked out of them by a stupid bus driver.


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