"Instinct tells us never to place children in the middle of a muddle. But here we are … hearing unbelieving tales of adult unfairness that seem such the antithesis of what is expected from the guardians of our children..."
There is no virtue in making children so brave that they might withstand the idiocy of adults. If schools think education is all about testing …. they’ve already forfeited their privilege to enjoy your child. Remember that. This testing madness has the tell-tale symptoms of a sick obsession … a creepy neurosis that screams of … Continue reading Educational Idiocy
About refusing these tests ... a mom writes ... "Although I am 100% against it, and I have made my feelings clearly known to my husband, my son specifically asked that he be allowed to [take the] test … and my husband feels like we should allow him to do it. I am beyond frustrated … Continue reading Helping Your Children Refuse
“Why do we protest one meaningless test and ignore the real harm being done day after day for years now? Opting out changed nothing for the children.” A Patchogue-Medford, NY, mom And she’s right. Fighting today’s education reform battles with yesterday’s tactics is a feel-good waste of time. “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” Remember that. … Continue reading Spring Testing – Time For Hardball – An OptOut/WalkOut
This moment of pedagogical abuse sits at the feet of mothers and fathers across America. There is now enough reform history that cannot be denied. If this comes to pass, parents own the moment. This is what happens when parents become self-absorbed, uncurious, and lazy. When they are so full-up in their own moments that they … Continue reading Baby PISA