Friday Fun

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Registered: 02-21-2013
Friday Fun
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Thu, 02-21-2013 - 8:38pm

Seems like there are a lot of new posters, introductions?.....

-what does your poster name mean?

-what is your favorite room in your house?

-what is your favorite sandwich?

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Registered: 02-20-2013
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:13pm

The state tests are utterly asinine. What happened to teaching creativity? Critical thinking? Writing skills? They've all been tossed out so teachers can teach to the test so their school keeps its funding. Who loses? We all do. The kids, because their quality of education suffers. The teachers, because they're being held to ever higher standards with ever higher restrictions on what and how they're teaching. And ultimately, we as a country will lose when we turn loose this generation of kids who've been helicopter parented and taught to the test and therefore can't think for themselves, make decisions for themselves, or even write a standard five paragraph essay coherently. 

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:13pm

I've had some pretty heated debated with Bord, but I don't recall them ever getting personal.  Go figure.

 

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:13pm

Hostility is your word, Debates do get heated and that goes both ways Bord. Like I said, I hope/think we all do what's best for our children.   The validation some need however shows it's ugly face now and then, Lol, As if raising kids and where we send them off to school and college is a popularity contest. 

 

 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:14pm
I think the "lab rats" might have come from me. Back in the day the elementary school one of my kids was in was chosen to test drive a new and controversial math curriculum. I could tell from the first month it was going to be a disaster. And I objected to the program being foisted on the kids/families as I believed we were being treated like unpaid experimental subjects: Lab rats. I later learned it is not that unusual for school districts to contract with curriculum development companies to test their materials in return for free or reduced price materials. I still think that is wrong. Evidently Jams has been holding a grudge against me for years because she thinks I called public school kids rats. "Lab rats" is just everyday slang for experimental subjects. See the urban dictionary: Lab Rat A person who's used for experimental reasons. Similar to the phrase "Guinea pig". " I'm not good at braiding hair, can I practice on you?" "No, I'm not going to be your lab rat!"
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:15pm

I was and still am much more concerned about the success of my kids, not so much the school as a whole. We have done a mix of things, but mostly private because that is what seems to have worked for my kids during those years...college, I think we are going back to public.  I don't know yet, I'm concerned with finding the best fit for my kid.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:16pm

I hate standardized testing.  Grrrrr. And, I've made my fair share of teachers mad by telling them that I don't think their silly tests are all that important.  I had one teacher exclaim that they are in fact very important and that if I didn't change my attitude, my kids would suffer for it.  Whatever....my kids are pretty good testers, and don't get all stressed out by them.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:17pm
I'm sorry if you believed I was trying to be competitive about where my kids go to school and college. It's highly important to me, but I never expected anyone else to give a (lab) rat's patootie what I did about their education.
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:17pm

reginageorge2005 wrote:
<p>The state tests are utterly asinine. What happened to teaching creativity? Critical thinking? Writing skills? They've all been tossed out so teachers can teach to the test so their school keeps its funding. Who loses? We all do. The kids, because their quality of education suffers. The teachers, because they're being held to ever higher standards with ever higher restrictions on what and how they're teaching. And ultimately, we as a country will lose when we turn loose this generation of kids who've been helicopter parented and taught to the test and therefore can't think for themselves, make decisions for themselves, or even write a standard five paragraph essay coherently. </p>

Yes, well said.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:19pm

I agree with this Regina.. But what do you do? And funding is tied to them so it's a kind of necessary evil we've had to put up with. Having a kid that fairs above state norms to one who falls way below I have to say they have their place but special ed funding gets cut b/c a fat majority score below.  The schools have had to modify a lot of their curriculum and the way they teach but the problem seriously is bigger than the school. 

 

 

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Registered: 11-14-2011
Fri, 02-22-2013 - 1:21pm

What to do?  Stop tying funding to testing....

 

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