Meanwhile, Chatsworth and Buffy hide behind their walls of wealth and gated communities, basking in their private country day schools, and otherwise reveling in their privileged existence. Private schools are not burdened with either the cost of standardized testing (and the attendant test processing fees); nor are their teachers’ performance evaluations tied to test scores; and their students do not have to face test anxiety, fear, and potential humiliation. Can you imagine how the parents of Chats and Buff would react to their golden offspring being subjected to armed security guards walking the halls during testing periods (HISD in Houston, TX); students locked in classrooms while being closely monitored by their exhausted teachers and only allowed three-minute bathroom breaks (students) while being escorted by the security guards to the bathrooms and then timed; their wunderkind being forced to endure school lockdown during testing…which takes place two and three times a month? There would be lawsuits galore, which they would win.
When education is profit-driven, institutionalized racism and social disintegration are the inevitable outcomes. When schools are forced/mandated to incur an enormous outlay of their funding by purchasing standardized tests and the accompanying processing fees (million$$$ in school districts) and their performance is gauged by test scores (tied to federal funding), desperate measures to ensure those scores meet the state and federal “performance goals/test scores” will be taken. Teachers lose, students lose even more and all comes tumbling down.
My brother is a teacher who loves what he does, cares deeply about his students and their learning/academic achievement as well as their personal well-being, and does all he can to ensure their future success. He is worn down having to teach to the test and he anguishes over how stressed out and anxious his students are with the tests. Many are non-native English speaking living in poverty/homes where parents work two to three low wage jobs…if they are working at all…to make ends meet. The ongoing excessive prejudicial standardized testing these kids are forced to endure is cruel, inhumane, and unconscionable.
What happened to the teachers in Atlanta is a total miscarriage of justice. The presiding white judge could care less that he has again sent more Black folks to prison whose futures and those of their families he has ruined.