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Will New Plan for Testing Caps Bring End to Disastrous Bush-Obama Education Policies?


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Will New Plan for Testing Caps Bring End to Disastrous Bush-Obama Education Policies?

Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Obama administration on Saturday acknowledged what many parents and educators have seen as a problem for years—the excessive use of high-stakes testing in the nation's pubic schools.

"I believe that in moderation, smart, strategic tests can help us measure our kids' progress in school," President Obama said in a video posted to Facebook.


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You, who are on the road must have a code that you can live by.
And so become yourself because the past is just a good bye.
Teach your children well, their father's hell did slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix, the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

And you, of the tender years can't know the fears that your elders grew by,
And so please help them with your youth, they seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well, their children's hell will slowly go by,
And feed them on your dreams, the one they fix,the one you'll know by.
Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.

--Graham Nash


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Yes, It is election time folks. And the "Democratic" Party does need teacher votes. After being dumped on by this administration with the full cooperation of basketball buddy Arne Duncan, they decided to throw a bone to their very large consistent voting block, The Teachers! That's the real reason that Arne is leaving and that Obama is finally making the right noises about the testing craze. Bush friend and neighbor at Kennebunkport, the McGraw family of McGraw Hill and Princeton Testing Services has already made a fortune off the testing craze, so time to throw some crumbs to the rabble as represented by the Bass Ass Teachers' Assoc.


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Obama rushes in to save the test-taking-Trojan horse unleashed by those whose goal is to destroy, then privatize the public school system.

The plan is working quite well so far with scores of charter schools taking territory so to speak. The momentum of this privatization is in full swing creating yet another disaster capitalist industrial complex replete with political power in the local school boards and halls of Congress, propaganda power spawned in think tanks then propagated in the MSM, and of course the cultural shift deliverable product as synthesis of the above.


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University of Chicago boys (Rockefeller, Friedman, Obama [Duncan]) gone wild...


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When you read how and why standardized tests are created, and the rationale behind them, you clearly see that the whole mess needs to be thrown out. These measures are based upon quantification of learning, and the outcomes sought are built into the curricula so that the measures can have a degree of significance. In other words, with that type of testing it's almost impossible to not teach to the test. It's junk science pure and simple.


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Please everyone, contemplate U.S. News & World "Report"'s ranking racket. Think deeply about whose interests it serves...


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Unconsidered by Andrea Germanos, this article's author, is what I have learned from personal experience. To whit, students who have now been wholly educated within a standardized testing regimen literally do not understand what an abstraction is. Presumably teaching to the test has excluding introduction of abstract thought to K-12 students in the U.S., bccause an "objective" answer cannot be provided in respect to abstract consideration, given the standardized testing format. An essay question would be required, necessitating human evaluators who need be open to alternate answers. Such is much more expensive than computer grading according to programmed answers. So being, effectively students are being taught what is presumed "truth" as currently understood, and not the ability to objectively assess it. What ensues from such a program is intellectual stagnation.


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Duncan came out of an educational system that continues to be corrupted by the Chicago corporate machine - the same "privatization" machine whose ideologues include the former Obama Chief of Staff, now Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

The "revolving door" of private, unaccountable corporations into and out of our national and state governments shows a glaring disconnect to Main Street America. Our representative two-party system is not owned by The People anymore, but now by a relative few billionaires, who by the decree of an activist Supreme Court, were given the "Citizens United" decision to further their race to the bottom - a race toward an unholy alliance of state and corporation..

No wonder a "fix" is needed a.s.a.p. to our public schools! The rigged electoral system has been corporatized to protect corporate profits, at the expense of corporatizing our schools, An even more alarming thread that can be also argued here, too, is that our Planet and Life itself are threatened by corporate giants.

The already rich want more than a new yacht, now. They are going for slavery - over all of us who don't tow their line obediently. America's rightful owners, We The People, are now waking-up, but perhaps not soon enough! We are a friendly, loving and gigantically large number of human beings, who can right what has been usurped, quickly.

Our Department of Education has become a deplorable because all children have been left behind. Being left are the sense of happiness and a fun future under blue clear skies without the Bush-Obama mumbojumbo!


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The first problem with our education system is that it has been run by non-educators for decades. Instead we have former secret service members run, just like fascist and Communist countries and have had it that way for decades. Look up Arne Duncan and the guy before him and the guy before him, they were all in some form of secret service. Second, the No Child Left Behind Act is a rebranded name by the Bush admisistration to hide the former failed Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The 'testing' conducted on the schools directly afterward in 1966 equated a bachelors degree would now be equal to a pre-'65 high school diploma. Therefore, a bachelors degree after 1965 would equal to a high school diploma before 1965. Look it up. The education system is run similar to a corporation in the sense that the system itself does not view children as children, but products instead. They are a Human Resource, another name that was a product of rebranding, that is to say, they are not people, but humans used as a resource. Parents dont get it simply because they see children not products of themselves. This rebranding and destructive behavior in our education system is a product of industrialization and Capitalism. Because in business, its about products and the human resources it takes to produce harsh chemicals for warfare, toxic waste we dump on our lawns to make them greener and poison our water supply, vehicles that destroy the very environment to takes to live as a human resource, and of course pay the bills of politicians who may or maynot have known that 9/11 was preceived or not, still dont have that information because it wasnt cover in the super extensive 9/11 Commission Report that couldnt explain the reasoning for WTC 7 to implode in its own footprint being 7 blocks from the World Trade Centers and having sustained no damage from the plane wreckage. Yea...and people wonder how an entire country can get taken...look at the education system. Dont be a sheep. Look up these so-called heads of education for the past thirty years, dont be lazy like you were taught to be in school.


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"Pledges" and "suggestions." Meh.


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I don't believe that there will be a reduction/meaningful reform in tests- More likely is that Pearson AND McGraw Hill will get a testing monopoly so all of the other tests kids take will go by the way side.... But the mega corps still get money... tons of it...
I want to believe President Obama... like I wanted to believe that Gitmo would close, food would be GMO labeled, wars would end and we'd keep living wage jobs here.
There is too much money in ed-reform. I don't trust his words... let's see the actions. Read more here on what they have in store for our public schools... cha-ching$$$
http://weaponsofmassdeception.org/


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Children are nothing other than little ATM machines. You push all of the little tykes' buttons for all of their short lives and then a huge amount of cash comes out for you.

Limiting test-taking time won't touch the students' percentage of test preparation time. The remaining tests will simply become higher-stakes tests for rating the teachers and the school systems.


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Did not know of Jerry Garcia's part in the song. Ain't the intertubes great?!


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Testing itself is not the problem. Taking a test on a subject at the end of the semester should not take more than 2 hours. The problem is teachers, instead of teaching the subject to the students started teaching them how to take the test. And guess what, the students still fail. Just teach them what they need to know and they will be able to pass tests on their own.

Not sure about humanities, but i looked at the science (math, physics etc) tests and any student that paid attentions in class should be able to go thru those tests. Even better, let the teachers come up with the tests.

In Europe before high school graduation students have to take a baccalaureate exam (it has different names in different countries). That's the one that usually separates the wheat from the chaff. It is also used for college admissions. Let's have something like that. Extra bonus, it will eliminate a lot of inadequate college candidates and it could allow the competent ones to get "free" (taxpayer funded) tuition, just like in Europe.


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Jerry played steel on that song in exchange for CSN&Y coaching the Dead on improving their vocal harmony.

The result was apparent on subsequent Dead albums.


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Typical Obama though. Come riding in on a white horse and take credit for himself what others have done and accomplished. Hand out a few chicken nuggets, call it reform and ride on to the next photo op.


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The use of standardized tests to attempt to gauge the performance of whole schools and effectively punish teachers and schools of course has to come to an end.

But I get the uncomfortable feeling that some commenters here are opposed to testing of any sort to measure an individual's ability to apply concepts learned in the classroom. Maybe someone can assuage my worries about this...


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I agree with all you say, but only add that the most critical people who are currently inhumanly undervalued by the education regime in swing today is: children and adolescents. With no vote, reliant on the adults, they are being mis-raised to believe in inequality, non-democracy, authoritarianism, and war, just as a matter of course through what they are told, not told, and how they are expected to behave, what they're expected to think and not think, in K12 compulsory education. Preaching democracy while teaching and enforcing authoritarianism, that's what we have from the whole U.S. political class down to the structure of schooling that teachers are increasingly expected to enforce. But the democratic vision is not dead, and children are some of the best anti-authoritarians around; when adults listen to them, a partnership for liberation can begin.