Teacher loses job over end-of-grade t...

Teacher loses job over end-of-grade testing dispute

There are 57 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from May 26, 2008, titled Teacher loses job over end-of-grade testing dispute. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

The board went into closed session for about two hours during its meeting before voting 5-0 to agree with the superintendent's recommendation that Doug Ward's contract not be renewed, Ward said.

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Since: Feb 07

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#1 May 27, 2008
Thanks for standing up no matter what you knew would happen. People like yourself are heros in my book. You will find a better job, it happens everytime when you have done the right thing.
teachernomore

Weaverville, NC

#2 May 27, 2008
And you wonder why I'm a teachernomore!
GOOO WARD

Balsam, NC

#3 May 27, 2008
You are a fine advocate, something kids with disabilities need more of!

Someone to stand up for them!

Thanks for your stance.
Mowgie

Greer, SC

#4 May 27, 2008
What a shame to dismiss someone who actually cares about the welfar eof these children more than he does his own "test score bonus."

He may have lost his job but he has gained a ton of respect and I wish him the best.
someone in Leicester

Maxton, NC

#5 May 27, 2008
I just want to say thanks for standing up for what is right. I think that the EOG's as they stay is bull anyway. I have a nephew that failed math in the 5 and 6 grade and still passed because he passed the eog. Thanks wrong so good for you to TEACH like kids need and for caring.

“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

Since: Feb 07

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#6 May 27, 2008
This 'No Child Left Behind' mentality and the standard testing is so damn wrong. My hat goes off to this teacher who see's thru the BS and one who really cares about the kids.

“Don't blame me. I voted.”

Since: Feb 08

Sylva, NC

#7 May 27, 2008
Jackson County has lost a fine educator, and the No Child Left Behind absurd law has claimed more victims...Mr. Ward and his students. The School Board and superintendent had no where else to go except to refuse to renew Mr. Ward's contract because he did break the law by his refusal to give the test. If more educators would stand up to this outrageous law and refuse to give these tests to those students who clearly will not pass them, then perhaps the Congress will be forced to take another look and rescind this law. Remmeber, this law was proposed, written, and passed by persons who have absolutely no clue about how to teach. Doug Ward not only talks the talk, he walks the walk. Any school system would be fortunate to have a teacher of his caliber. I only wish it was ours.
Anne

United States

#8 May 27, 2008
...and like lemmings, the school board members jumped off the cliff, one right after another, worried that other teachers might follow Mr. Ward's sensible lead. Let's see the school board members take the test!
mountainheel

Princeton Junction, NJ

#9 May 27, 2008
Thanks for having the guts to state your true beliefs when you knew what the consequences would be. I hope that somehow the political leaders of this country can view your video and see that the "no child left behind" policies have not solved any problems but instead forced many great teachers to abandon their careers and a lot of college students to abandon their teaching plans to avoid having to have to play "the game" as I like to refer to it. Come on teachers and school leaders!!! Grow a backbone and do what's right for these kids !!!!!!!!!!
Fellow Special Ed Teacher

Asheville, NC

#10 May 27, 2008
I know what it is like to give these tests to children that stand no chance of passing them. Children that have worked their hardest all year and have made tremendous improvement but are still years behind their grade level peers.

It's wrong to do that to children. Whether or not the child passes, it is wrong to base everything on that one test.
I'm sorry Ward lost his job - it is always the teachers that sacrifice the most. We are in the trenches - the policy makers have no perspective.

I am just trying to hold on until someone with some power realizes that this system of assessment cannot be fixed by revamping tests and spending more money to fuel the business of testing...
Jackson County

Cullowhee, NC

#11 May 27, 2008
Thanks Doug Ward for standing up for what is right! I don't care if you did break the law - what is legal is not always ethical, and what is ethical is not always legal - a college professor once told me. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks knew they would face consequences for doing the right thing. I don't think these tests are good for any kid - my sixth-grader is starting his EOG's today and I am nervous. He does fine on math, but barely passed the reading last year even though he reads above grade level. I was told that he can't "focus" because the test is so long!
brio

Greer, SC

#12 May 27, 2008
wow

board of education, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

public education has definitely jumped the shark in america.
Old Black Joe

Kernersville, NC

#13 May 27, 2008
The man committed career suicide....time to move on.
Hometown Girl

Raleigh, NC

#14 May 27, 2008
Teaching to a test is wrong; there is no way one test can accurately portray the intelligence of every child. It is time to abolish No Child Left Behind and get back to basics. Kids are graduating from high school having no verbal or communication skills, unable to spell or do general math. They get so stressed about passing a test they are physically ill. We do our children and our teachers a disservice. Kudos to the man with enough courage to stand up for his students!
Terry

Great Falls, MT

#15 May 27, 2008
You cant relly fault the board on this. Part of Bushs No Child left behind crap is. If a school does not follow suit with the law. The government will come in and fire the entire staff at said school (teachers principal and guidance counselors) and rehire drones that will follow the no child left behind law. They will also bus the kids off to a different school untill they can "fix" the school in trouble.

I applaud this teacher for having the nerve to stand up to the stupid tests. Im just sad it cost him his job
Wondering

Spartanburg, SC

#16 May 27, 2008
Old Black Joe wrote:
The man committed career suicide....time to move on.
Mr. Ward, thank you for taking a stand for our children.

I disagree you have committed career suicide. You will gain many opportunities to represent our children and the future of America.

Hopefully, you have open many minds to the disservice this test is doing to our children.

“Conservative for America”

Since: Apr 07

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#17 May 27, 2008
!6 comments, and with all due respect all sheeple. Mr. Ward did a stupid thing. Rather than usingthe system to change what he saw wrong with it, he has removed himself as a possitive example forthese children.

Petitions, letters of dispute, and lawsuits were all avenues he had open to him. Instead he sends a gauntlet to the superintendent saying he wont give the test. He was asking to be a marter and that is what he got.

He is no saint, and knew the outcome of his choice before he made it. He said he expects to be blackballed, and wants to look into administration. I would wonder if that wasn't his intent all along.

Follow the laws, and if you disagree act to change them. But act within the system you want to change. It is that old hippie stop Vietnam mentality that has people thinking that if one person says no the whole country will stop. It is just a pipe dream and best to be forgotten.
Jackson County

Cullowhee, NC

#18 May 27, 2008
yona wrote:
!6 comments, and with all due respect all sheeple. Mr. Ward did a stupid thing. Rather than usingthe system to change what he saw wrong with it, he has removed himself as a possitive example forthese children.
Petitions, letters of dispute, and lawsuits were all avenues he had open to him. Instead he sends a gauntlet to the superintendent saying he wont give the test. He was asking to be a marter and that is what he got.
He is no saint, and knew the outcome of his choice before he made it. He said he expects to be blackballed, and wants to look into administration. I would wonder if that wasn't his intent all along.
Follow the laws, and if you disagree act to change them. But act within the system you want to change. It is that old hippie stop Vietnam mentality that has people thinking that if one person says no the whole country will stop. It is just a pipe dream and best to be forgotten.
I read a more detailed article about Mr. Ward in the Smoky Mountain News - he explored these avenues. They were useless. I still defend what he did.
Willie

Lebanon, MO

#20 May 27, 2008
Terry wrote:
You cant relly fault the board on this. Part of Bushs No Child left behind crap is. If a school does not follow suit with the law. The government will come in and fire the entire staff at said school (teachers principal and guidance counselors) and rehire drones that will follow the no child left behind law. They will also bus the kids off to a different school untill they can "fix" the school in trouble.
I applaud this teacher for having the nerve to stand up to the stupid tests. Im just sad it cost him his job
You left out one important part. NCLB is the result of Bush AND Ted Kennedy. They were in bed together on this one!! And George Miller (D) spearheaded this in the house!! Plenty of blame to go around with both parties. Dems have had two years to make corrections in Congress and have done NOTHING!!

“Conservative for America”

Since: Apr 07

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#21 May 27, 2008
Jackson County wrote:
<quoted text>I read a more detailed article about Mr. Ward in the Smoky Mountain News - he explored these avenues. They were useless. I still defend what he did.
You obviously have more information than I do. I will conceed part of my point.

The lawsuit part I hold out. Being a child of lawyers and relative to many, I can promise you that Mr. Ward did not follow through on an attempt to sue the Federal government on behalf of his students over the NCLB/EOG test. Had he done so first, it would have taken months and this years test would have been administered properly. Second it would have made national news right about the time arguments were to begin.

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