More of Your Tax Dollars Wasted!

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More of Your Tax Dollars Wasted!
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Tue, 08-16-2011 - 3:59pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2001
Fri, 10-28-2011 - 2:52pm

I can just see the teachers' unions' response when the first teacher is fired because parents and students subjectively decided the teacher was "just going through the motions."

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 1:42pm

Most parents (and students as well) could tell you in pretty short order which teachers were effective and which ones were going through the motions.

The idea that tests will somehow give an accurate picture is a reflection of our faith in those tests. Let me say that again--we have a truly touching but not very realistic faith that tests will yield quality empirical data.

Let me ask you some questions. Do you consider yourself to be well nourished? If so, how do you KNOW if such is the case? Shouldn't you be getting tested on a regular basis to see if you're missing vital nutrients? Or does it maybe make more sense to eat healthy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and figure that the packaged stuff is probably not going to meet needs for micro-nutrients and trace minerals?

Learning vital skills is food for the mind. An awful lot depends on who is doing the preparation and how. Testing misses the point altogether.

Teaching, IMHO, is a calling. Some people have a combination of traits and abilities which ideally suit them to share their knowledge with others.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 12:46pm

There is no good answer.

Goldfish

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Registered: 10-01-2004
Tue, 10-18-2011 - 8:00am

Without some sort of testing, how do you propose to evaluate teacher effectiveness?

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Registered: 07-09-2011
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 8:07pm

These types of stories are becoming more and more regular. As the free-flow of government money dries up, so do these companies.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 12:29pm
You're very welcome.
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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 10:57am

Thank you for the correction I revised my post and credited you for the FYI.

Goldfish

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 8:58am
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Just an FYI, there is a test for ethyl glucuronide that tests for alcohol for up to 80 hours after consumption. Otherwise, I completely agree with your statement regarding drug testing.
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Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 09-29-2011 - 12:47am

I believe in accountability too but think that testing often devours time and/or money resources; or drives unexpected patterns of avoidance/compensation which have the net impact of negating test results.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Wed, 09-28-2011 - 11:23pm

While education helps to prepare one for this world.

Goldfish

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