Bring out your dead!
Critics of American public schools keep wanting to declare the death of public education, no matter how much we protest that we are still breathing:
Yes, it's that time again, when the test results mandated by NCLB come rolling over schools like a tsumani. And here's the shocker: about half the schools in our state did not make AYP.
The language of NCLB is laden with the pithiest of platitudes:
Standards must be kept high.
No student should drop out of school.
All children CAN learn. The question is, WILL they when society tells them it is useless and that they are passive recipients rather than active participants in the process? When society tells them that people who like to learn are nerds or dweebs or geeks, socially inept twitchy wallflowers?
Unfortunately, the standards usually are not kept high in service to the third statement. Or am I just grumpy?
All I've got to say is, I'm fine, really!
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