A Teacher Speaks Out

How do classroom teachers feel about standardized, machine-scored testing? Below is a letter from a young classroom teacher.

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So There’s A Moratorium. Now What?

Those seeking a moratorium on using high stakes tests to judge teachers seem to have gotten what they asked for. What happens now?

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Something’s Coming (Something Good)

“Something there is that doesn’t love more bubble tests And students bubbling and learning how to bubble When they might be making robots or reading Frost….” When I adapted Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” earlier this year, I was aware of the growing resentment among parents, teachers and students toward machine-scored tests and test-prep. However, I [...]

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Looking Back (Part 5)

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.

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Some Predictions as the New School Year Arrives…

With the arrival of the new school year, what can we expect? Here are 6 predictions and a big question.

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Looking Back (Part 4)

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.

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Looking Back (Part 3)

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.

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