Archives for January 2008

No Child Left Behind: State Of The Union Edition

nclb_lrg.gifThe blogosphere is awash with wonks, pundits and regular folks putting in their two cents about statements made in the State Of The Union (SOTU) about NCLB by President Bush.

Read just a few of them after the jump.

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Speak Out: Testing Time Waster

fox-testing-test1.jpgIt’s hard to believe we’re halfway through another school year.What’s astounding, however, is how much time testing has eaten from our classroom schedules since winter break.

Since Jan. 7, teachers have given nearly 30 standardized tests, including the Dominie, given in grades 2–5; quarterly assessments given in grades 2–12, and the full-length OAT practice test, given ingrades 3–8.


At minimum, that’s 60 hours spent giving the tests, not to mention the hours spent teaching the test format through sample questions andpractice exercises and filling out paperwork. Teachers are frustrated by the enormous amount of testing; and our students are burnt out, also.Click on the jump below to read more. [Read more…]

In Remembrance….

martin_luther_king_-_march_on_washingtonsdmall.jpgHistory is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

Martin Luther King, speaking to the AFL-CIO in 1961.