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?
“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 [...]
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.