Thank you to Jenny D., who inspired this train of thought, and to Susan Ohanian, who provided real relief....
When, during the course of my daily blogging, I come upon the faithful who support the national testing blitz, I find I have less and less to argue about. When educators (like those who comment on Jenny D.'s site) stipulate that the tests to which teachers are teaching must be good ones, then I don't have a problem with teaching to the test. When good teachers use the "new accountability" as a means to reflection and improved instruction, then I can't have a problem with that either.
I do I get riled up when the argument is framed as such: ALL NCLB Testing:GOOD. Teachers who support NCLB: GOOD. Teachers who question NCLB: Complainers/BAD!
This interesting post by Susan Ohanian fits the same pattern, only with the reverse perspective . (I'm as guilty as anyone about generalizations.)
"Whenever you see these words connected to education, read carefully and resist much. You are in the presence of what George Orwell called "a catalogue of swindles and perversions."
• ALL students
• skills systematically developed
• measure student learning
• you can't manage what you don't measure
• scientifically-based research
• scientific methods
• proven education methods
• rapid, evidence-driven progress
• clear, honest, bold data
• schools, just like any business
• stronger accountability for results
• reward positive results
• clinical settings/practices
• enriched career advancement structures
• competitive compensation structures
• highly qualified teacher
• preparing students for 21st century/for global economy
• the knowledge supply chain
• education as struggle/battle/war
• education reform
Ask whoever uses the above terms why the following words are missing.
Well, you gotta love the ABC format….. and reading her call to honor teaching for its highest principles feels great!
I'm inspired to rework the list to fit MY classroom!!
Applause, Becoming, Concentration, Differentiation, Energy, Focus, Gusto, Helpfulness, Ingenuity, Justice, KWL (Know/ Want to know/ Learned), Listening, Marvel, Needs met, Ovations, Persistence, Quest, Resilience, Synergy, Thinking, Understanding, Vision, Wellness, X-ploration, Yucks, Zippiness
yep.....zippiness! It may not be measurable, but you know it when you see it!!