Testing Culture in Public Schools

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Testing Culture in Public Schools
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Sat, 03-22-2014 - 8:03pm

Now that conservative commentator Michelle Malkin is all up in arms about excessive testing and our school children being used as lab rats, do you suppose I'll be forgiven for seeing and naming the issue a decade ago?<http://m.columbiatribune.com/opinion/columnists/revolt-against-the-testing-tyrants/article_8e237030-b167-11e3-9846-10604b9f6eda.html>

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 7:55am

Meowww... Her column sounds as miserable as what you speak of and have spoken of over the years about public schools, Lol. There are a slim number of parents I know that are haters like this, even teachers find a way to really teach around state tests, YMMV, And here, I thought your schools were good ones there.  It must really stink to have to find outside validation for the hate and personal choices you have made over the years.....

 

 

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 8:08am
Our public schools are okay. The testing culture sucks. I wouldn't put a kid in public elementary school anywhere these days. I don't need my validation of my choices, I just thought it funny that one of the darlings of the right agreed with me, since I seldom agree with anything any of those columnists write.
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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 8:37am
That's too bad, I doubt teachers in elementary schools feel threatened by what you have to say, After all, incompetence is all about the flame thrower not the teacher.

 

 

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 8:57am
I don't think that teachers are incompetent and never have. It's the multiplication of assessment that I find useless at best and abusive of children at its worst. We can do better by our children. Every single teacher I've spoken with agrees with me on the problem of over-testing.
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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 11:03am

bordwithyou wrote:
I don't think that teachers are incompetent and never have. It's the multiplication of assessment that I find useless at best and abusive of children at its worst. We can do better by our children. Every single teacher I've spoken with agrees with me on the problem of over-testing.

Yes you did call teachers incompetent, You may want to look at yourself more after all you've said about schools, about teachers and such, And that last comment that you'd never send your kids to a public elementary really isn't going to stop others from sending theirs thank goodness, I'm sure good parents and teachers alike are teaching kids to hang in there, work hard and never give up, Your choices and insults have proven nothing to be admired.

 

 

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 11:10am

I have run into an incknpetent teacher or two in my lifetime, because there are incompetent people in every profession.  But as a whole, I have respect for teachers.  And statistically, people are opting out of public education in droves in favor of private, charters, and homeschooling.  And no matter what their choices in education, parents everywhere are urging their kids to work hard and persevere.  You sound like you think that's something only people who send their kids to public schools can communicate to their children.

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 11:14am

The answer to your question is no. You won't be given any credit whatsoever. Your post will only serve as a platform for Jams to vomit the bitter taste from her mouth for a few posts. Don't worry though; she retreats back into lurkdom when discussion of the issue begins.

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Sun, 03-23-2014 - 11:16am

I think tests are a useful tool if the measurements can make the case for improvements. We're seeing a lot of tests and very little progress, however. 

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 5:21pm

There you go making things up again bord. I pretty much believe that parents are pretty neutral about school systems, They aren't like you and put down some to lift up their own choices and that confidence (or lack thereof) pretty much gets passed down to kids.  Of course there's always going to be sideline parents too, parents that have nothing but rotten things to say about the schools their own attend but I don't think they are the norm and whatever they believe are probably images that get passed onto their children then as well.

 

 

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Sun, 03-23-2014 - 5:24pm

just_another_marla wrote:
<p>The answer to your question is no. You won't be given any credit whatsoever. Your post will only serve as a platform for Jams to vomit the bitter taste from her mouth for a few posts. Don't worry though; she retreats back into lurkdom when discussion of the issue begins.</p>

Says the poster as she throws more dirt, Aye yi yi, Lol.

 

 

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