Isn’t Education an important issuse? Our children are not being properly served by “No child left behind.”
schools lose funding because their students don’t score high enough on the standardized tests, but these are often schools that do not have enough money to begin with. they cannot afford for the huge technology labs and they can’t afford to buy new textbooks every 3 years. so yeah – i have a great idea – lets cut their funding more so that the kids fall even more behind!
then there are students that are in special education. some of them will never be able to take a standardized test and fill in the little bubble. they just can’t. i’m not sure how other states do it, but in illinois, they have an alternative assessment. this is a portfolio. the teacher picks a certain number of goals off a list. then the teacher gives the students work along those goals and takes pictures and stuff. then the teacher has to put together this portfolio and organize it in a certain way. now, it gets mailed to the state. they look to see if the goals are checked on a piece of paper. they look and see if the goals are typed. they look at how the information is organized and labeled. they don’t assess the student’s actual work! so they are grading the teachers… not the students!
THE PROBLEM IS THE POLITICIANS THAT HAVE NEVER ACTUALLY TAUGHT. THEY MAKE ALL THE STUPID LAWS AND NEVER HAVE TO IMPLEMENT THEM. THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORK WITH STUDENTS. THEY DON’T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT TEACHING!!!!
Now I am not saying this to anger general education teachers but to become a special education teacher I have had to take more then 63 hours of special education classes alone not to mention the 24 general education classes I had to take. I am currently getting my certification to teach Elementry education and English, plus I eventually want to get my certification to teach Math/Algebra and Science.
Here is the issue, in a perfect world all students would be working a the same or near same level and one test would fit all. We all know this is not a perfect world and students come to schools with all ability levels and we as teachers and adminstration must make sure they learn the skills they need to be a functioning individual in society. The high-stakes testing has taken away the focus on skill and knowledge aquistion to regurgitating information that students often will not use when they get out of school.
In Oklahoma we have three different assessments, the EOI (end of instruction exam), the portfolio and last year we were given a modified test for certain subjects like Algebra, English 10 and Biology but we still have to teach to the test or the school looses their funding if they can not show improvement every year on their test scores.
My suggestion is contact you senator and congressmen and tell them you concerns, make the politician who vote these laws into office accountable and if they will not take responsiblity vote them out of office. I grew up being told that this is a country of the people, for the people, by the people and I feel betrayed because I have no say in my government.
There is SO much corruption in public schools!
It’s all so burecratic now, it makes me sick.
With the NCLB, there is even more of this. The schools do NOT teach so the child won’t be ‘left behind’ they teach so the schools can get MORE MONEY.
A more realistic approach would to set goals for individual children and track progress towards those goals, not expecting that one year of school would lead to a year of progress. If the little boy I tutored comes out of next year knowing the letters in his name and a few more, able to count ten items and knowing the names of many body parts I think he will have done well. Unfortunatly, NCLB will not reward his effort or that of the many people who work with him.
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