Some of my best ideas come to me in the morning, when it is just me, no radio, no television, no email, my husband is already at work and my daughter is still sleeping. This morning, my epiphany was when I thought to myself "it is time to do something about high stakes testing". My daughter will be partaking in this insanity in three years, and as an involved parent, I want to address anything in which she needs improving. Every night, I am involved and truly interested in her homework and classwork. We discuss the topics she is learning, and we look for things online, such as virtual manipulatives, or videos about making maple syrup (she's studying geometry and trees right now) to reinforce the concepts. So, imagine that in three years time, that I learn that my daughter is "approaching standards" or "below standards", and that is all the information that I am given. What will I do then? I need to know much, much more than this to help her improve. What good is a diagnosis with no possibility of a cure?
|Not every child can be at the top of their class. Not that|
that will keep them from becoming president and enacting
stupid, impossible legislation with an even dumber name.
|No proof it will improve schools, scores, or |
anything else besides business's pockets.