“In regards to education policy, Bill Gates ought to have a loud voice in his school district, but a quieter one in mine.” So says a father and Fordham professor who argues the Common Core learning standards, while positive, should not be imposed uniformly upon all schools and teachers.
Some graduate students at Teachers College are offended by the decision to honor Chancellor Merryl Tisch at the school’s graduation ceremony next week. To many of them, Tisch has supported policies antithetical to the Teachers College philosophy and they’re considering ways to make their displeasure known.
Scoring the state tests is underway by teachers across the city. One teacher says she and her peers take the task seriously. Before scoring a test she always does one thing first: she turns over the booklet to read the mailing label.
A New York City-educated daughter of teachers wants everyone to give thanks to a teacher today. After all, it’s National Teacher’s Day.
On Tuesday’s third-grade English test there were 30 questions that children had 70 minutes to answer. They didn’t know which items counted and which did not. This writer believes field testing raises ethical questions. It’s a practice, he says, that benefits the commercial interests of the publisher, and makes children the unwitting subjects of research.
“When I look at my son, I don’t see a data point or a test score. I don’t look at my son and see future SAT’s or LSAT’s. I see a kid frustrated with ‘practice tests’ and the narrow curriculum his teachers are forced to teach.”
During the two weeks of state tests, the rules of behavior are so strict it can make a classroom feel like it is on lockdown. To combat test stress, one teacher says we all should cheer on the students and teachers with support — and ice cream.
Don’t wear your dress shoes to school and know when your class is expected to perform at a holiday assembly. These are just a few nuggets of wisdom from a veteran teacher in the city schools.
Education officials have not followed up on their promise to release a physical education plan for the city schools and critics are upping the pressure.
A former teacher says she was caught by surprise when the testing culture she knew well from her years at a New York City high school took center stage at her daughter’s elementary school. She didn’t think it would happen to her family too.
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