In this Tuesday, Feb, 23, 2010 photo, Central Falls High School math teacher and athletic director Kathy Luther, left, librarian Debbie Fisher, second from left, English teacher Deloris Davis Grant, second from right, and math teacher Pat McKenna, right, protest outside the school before a school committee meeting in Central Falls, R.I. The ...
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#1 Feb 27, 2010
All parents should be asking Gov. Don Carcieri and Educ. Secy. Arne Duncan why legislators force students to take state mandated tests. These tests are "norm referenced" tests. Simply they are designed to make sure some students fail. They couldn't be norm referenced otherwise. Those students are social economically disadvantaged students. They force teachers to teach to the test. "Raise standards, accountability" the buzz words of your legislators. So drill and grill those facts into the heads of children. An African-amercian educator Dorothy Strickland knows too well how these disadvantaged schools suffer "skills based instruction foster low-level uniformity and subvert academic potential". There is no learning of ideas.
Then ask them and Deborah Gist RI education commissioner why they still have segregation in the state of RI. They will say they don't, so take a look at the categories of student types at Central Falls. You should all be forcing integration. Mix up the population types in the area districts, intergrate the school population. Let the students learn from one another. Extra hour a day teaching to the state test will not make a difference. People look at the National Assessment of Educational Progress NAEP with results over last 30years. Forcing teachers to spend their lunch break as parole officers over students lunches is wrong.
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