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  • Pimentel and ibs
    Food poisoning a risk factor for irritable bowel syndrome
    Dr. Pimentel explains IBS, food poisoning and new testSummertime is nearly here…and that means more picnics, barbeques and food festivals. But food left sitting outside can sometimes lead to food poisoning – a risk factor for a...
  • Seattle high school students walk out in protest of standardized test
    Seattle high school students walk out in protest of standardized test
    Did you see this story all over the news recently? No juniors show up to take SBAC at Seattle high school. Of course, we’ve heard of parents opting their kids out of tests before, but in this case, ALL of the 11th grade students at Nathan...
  • AFT Petition to Pearson Education K-12 shareholders meeting.
    AFT Petition to Pearson Education K-12 shareholders meeting.
    Printed below is an update from the AFT (American Federation of Teachers) President, Randi Weingarten, received as an email blast to the members. First, some context:As one of the Education Publishing giants, Pearson Education wields substantial...
  • Testing is an ignominy.
    Hooray, Hooray, It’s testing time!!
    It’s annual testing time in LAUSD. In addition to the never-ending stream of tests that the students must take during the school year, there are the end of the year tests that are the official determinants of each schools API (Academic...
  •   Can Governor Scott be on the verge of something good for education in Florida?
    Could Gov. Scott be on the verge of something good for education in Florida?
    In a recent NEA Today (News and Features from the National Education Association) article by Mary Ellen Flannery entitled “Parents and Educators to Lawmakers: Testing is Not Learning!”--- Maybe Florida is one up in the ratings of...
  • Homeschool 101: What is the California Achievement Test?
    Homeschool 101: What is the California Achievement Test?
    The most commonly used standardized test among homeschoolers is probably the California Achievement Test (CAT). The fifth edition, or CAT-5 is most commonly used. Other editions are not as long or as comprehensive.Why would homeschoolers use...
  • Homeschool 101: What is The Iowa Test of Basic Skills?
    Homeschool 101: What is The Iowa Test of Basic Skills?
    Homeschoolers in some states such as Minnesota are legally required to administer a standardized, norm-referenced achievement test every school year for their children of compulsory school age. Other homeschoolers choose to periodically administer...
  • Public education was always upward, now it's dumbed down.
    Remember in college, there was a term paper about how to write a term paper
    Today teachers are teaching a class in how not to educate children.One size fits all instruction which teaches to one learning domain with brief instruction on each skill, not to mastery, and not enough practice on each skill.Teaching to the test...
  • Let them be kids again and to have time to play.
    It’s always testing time and it’s a major crime
    A crime against the children of the United States, Blame it on Duncan, Broad, Rhee, and Gates.Kids futures are cloudy due to the reformers and their friends,The publishers and their money grubbing knows no ends.Test after test...
  • PARCC testing: parents answering none of the above
    PARCC testing: Ohio parents answering none of the above
    In the State of Ohio, an increasing number of parents are answering "none of the above" when it comes to letting their kids take state-mandated assessments.PARCC - a test required by the state of Ohio to be performed in all public...
  • Testing, stealing the students' education, the teachers' time, and the taxpayers' dollars.
    How do school districts pay for tests and test preparation materials?
    The money to pay for the tests and the test preparation materials comes from the districts’ budgets funded by our taxes. Almost 12% of my property taxes go to LAUSD. It is an appalling usage, especially to a teacher in LAUSD!In order to pay...
  • I am a teacher. The are downtown administrators, school board members, and know nothing deformers.
    I loved to teach--I was called a born teacher--then along came:
    Once upon a time there was a teacher who lived to teach,Every school day each student he would reach.On the first day he would tell them that they would work harder than they ever had,While he played a variety of music that made the children...
  • In a time of large class sizes and limited school resources, this building is stocked with superfluous positions.
    Testing and Common Core are killing the love of learning for our children
    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 countries future!Teachers today feel an intense scrutiny from all directions: parents, administrators,...
  • Tesla Model X prototype caught on video performing acceleration and cornering
    Tesla Model X prototype caught on video performing acceleration and cornering
    Green Car Reports spotlighted earlier today (Jan. 30,2015) that the Tesla Model X prototype mule was spotted testing its acceleration and cornering capabilities at the decommissioned Naval Air Station in Alameda, California. In the video, you can...
  • When schools were places of joy
    When schools were places of joy
    Elementary school in LAUSD used to be as fun and exciting as an E ticket ride.Then along came testing.The teachers in the classrooms were as ubiquitous as obnoxious Flo from Progressive. They were everywhere giving the students time and attention,...
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