As I was making the decision to fire this thing up again, I made a deal with myself that I would purposely stay away from education posts. There are many people out there right now doing the job way better than I can, and I’ve pretty much worn out my welcome on the topic with the friends who are most likely to read these posts. So unless I’ve got something personal to add to the conversation – you know, the conversation about how Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, Race to the Top, the Common Core State Standards, the standards’ associated high-stakes tests, etc., etc., are systematically carpet-bombing public education as we know it into oblivion – I’ll keep my mouth shut.
And I won’t say much. I just want to share today’s article from Valerie Strauss’ “Answer Sheet” column in The Washington Post. It’s a chilling rundown of all the standardized tests to be taken by students this year in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in all subjects, beginning with kindergarten and lasting through grade 12.
It is, I fear, not an anomaly.
Strauss invites readers to send her any testing schedules that look similar to Miami-Dade’s, and I echo that call. It’s only by unveiling this madness to the public that we can bring about its demise.
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Punch the Clock (1983)
Laurie Halse Anderson – Chains (2008)