Two gubernatorial candidates talk education for VA schools

Sep 5, 2013 Full story: WTVR Richmond

With education a top priority for her children, she wants to know the candidates will ensure all children get a good education in Virginia.

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Royal Rife

Waynesboro, VA

#1 Sep 10, 2013
I won't vote for either of those jerks or their corrupt parties
Royal Rife

Waynesboro, VA

#2 Sep 11, 2013
Our son is a sophomore in a VA high school. I was shocked to discover that his 3 or 4 per week history tests are multiple choice SOL tests. Any other tests are fill in the blank. The schools are blatantly teaching to the test and not teaching. Most, if not all, students will end up hating history when it is taught this way despite the higher SOL scores reflecting on the schools. These one word answers show they have abandoned conceptual thought for pure memorization.
Pathetic dumbing down.
Virginia Teacher

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Sep 13, 2013
I take offense to the comment that "the schools" are teaching to the test and not teaching. I have to address the standards the state prescribes, I am encouraged by the state to help students practice taking SOL-like multiple choice tests, but I include many more activities within my history classroom to insure that my students are learning history. We research, we write, we create, we debate. The true measure of learning is not always a score on a test! Which angers me even more, because my teacher evaluation is now heavily influenced by the performance of my students on the SOL! Luckily, my scores are good.
VN Vet

Hopewell, VA

#4 Sep 13, 2013
The voters keep electing these PC progressives to office. These Socialists take away the teachers authority to teach and have control in the classroom. So if you want freedom, vote the bums out.

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