Lessons into learning;
Children into lifelong learners;
Concepts into reality;
Students into thinkers;
Problem kids into problem solvers;
Kindergarterners into college students;
Teachers get criticized for everything that occurs—from test scores to students’ behaviors--yet we receive no credit for the transformations that occur under our guidance in the classrooms.
Not appreciated except by some of our students; no longer admired except years later by our returning former students; we are blamed and blasted, cursed and condemned.
Is the purpose of schools to get a well rounded education or to do well on tests?
Why are kids in school?
They are taught to the tests following the testing calendar. They are taught in a one size fits all program where every class on the same grade and every class on the same subject is covering the same skill at the same time.
They are taught not to mastery, but to pass the tests. That’s all! They are taught quickly covering a skill in 2-3 days with an insufficient amount of practice on the skill in class and at home. There is no time for review or remediation of the skill. There is no time to bring children up to grade level on the skills that they did not master in previous grades.
Teach the skill. Limited practice on the skill. Move on to the next skill. Test the skill on the periodic tests and on the major end-of-the year tests.
Education is becoming more and more robotic. This is what you do every day, every hour, every minute. It is prescribed for the students and the teachers.
The chances for a true, well rounded education in a public school in the United States is about the same as all the jobs sent to China coming back.
Public education today is killing the love of teaching and the love of learning for the children
All this, while enriching the test publishers who do not care about the education and futures of our children.
This is not the business world, it is our country’s future!
Teachers today feel an intense scrutiny from all directions: parents, administrators, the school board, the media, and politicians to increase test scores.
Teachers have to continually justify their positions while they have do more with larger classes, more paperwork, more tests, and less materials and support.
The downtown administrators live the life of Cadillacs in their office tower while the teachers at LAUSD live the life of Yugos.