How do classroom teachers feel about standardized, machine-scored testing? Below is a letter from a young classroom teacher.
Those seeking a moratorium on using high stakes tests to judge teachers seem to have gotten what they asked for. What happens now?
I’ve been a baseball fan for as long as I can remember-but I’ve been only a fan, not a player. But I had one glorious moment when I was 20, an accidental invitation to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals and a brief – very brief – chance to sit in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ dugout during a game.
With the arrival of the new school year, what can we expect? Here are 6 predictions and a big question.
I left the warmth and security of NPR in 1982, but in early 1985 I was unemployed and, to put it mildly, nervous about my future.
In my mind’s eye, I can still picture the vast, dimly-lit room. About half the size of a football field, it was filled with men, women and children strapped into wheelchairs or otherwise restrained. If I close my eyes, I can hear the wailing and moaning, rising and falling in a cacophony of animal sounds that I never would have imagined humans were capable of making.
With my own weekly 1-hour NPR program and a mandate to report on ‘education,’ I had a pretty big tent to operate in, and I loved just about every moment.