You are right, RedShirt. School children are being measured (tested) and the
expense of being fed (educated). School boards have gone some overboard with the
purchasing of computerized assessment tools, and the result is that students are
spending so much school time taking tests that no longer bare any importance to
To "2centsEM" and what happens to that child eventually if they
don't learn. While you teach elementary school there are no significant
consequences, but think of High School. If little Johnnie's parents take
him on vacation a lot, and he misses out on school then what happens in High
School?He will fail, and will either have to repeat a class or may
not get a HS diploma. Think long range, and don't worry so much about
immediate consequences. If the parents don't care about education
eventually it will catch up and they will pay the price along with their kids.
@EJM I agree with you. I teach in an elementary school and I have probably had 8
or 9 students miss a week at a time to go on a vacation. Disneyland must have
had some great deals this year. So these students miss a lot of learning, but I
as the teacher, am the one held accountable for their learning. I realize that
family time is important but we have a fall break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas
break, spring break, and summer break. Is that not enough for a family vacation?
Not only are the student missing that learning, but the parents are
communicating that education is really not that important. When this issue was
addressed at a board meeting, we were just told to respect the wishes of the
parents. Parents are not held accountable in any way to get their child to
school. It's frustrating.
How many standardized tests do the kids already have to take, and why can't
those be used to measure the effectiveness of the teachers?Aren't kids already tested to death?
"In reality, we don’t know if a teacher is good unless we have an
output measure of learning to confirm it."The output measure is
not about a teacher but how involved parents are... especially in the lower
grades. Teachers get bad raps when it's the parents that are at fault.
Much of what a great education consist cannot be measured. STUFF NOT ON THE
TEST: A student who reads The Scarlet Letter learns about the consequences of
adultery. A student who cries at hearing Tchaikovsky for the first time. A
student who marvels at the beauty of Euclidean geometry. A student who develops
a new level of wisdom from seeing a Shakespeare play. Perhaps the most important
things cannot be on the Test.
Unlike other systems of currency like the dollar, I'm not sure how the
education currency will work. I can earn $10 doing just about anything and it
turn spend it in a thousand different places.If I earn 10 units of
the education currency, I may be limited on where I can spend it. Learning crucial knowledge in computer programming cannot be "spent"
in a store needing chemical engineering.
The key to education reform is showing up, whether it be online or classroom
attendance. Our attendance rates in schools today are horrible for those
students who are failing school. And, this process begins at an early age. If
mom and/or dad don't insist upon attendance nothing good happens. If mom
and dad enable bad attendance then that will show up in costs to society later
on. Sad part? No politician wants to address that problem. That only makes for
I'm from the old school That has been demolished and a different one is in
it's place. When manners and personal responsibility was the rule. The
board of education was when you got Ed U Kate ed. Climate control was an open
window or a steam radiator. 30 kids in a class was a small class. I never
understood New Math. I think that no one has seeing what schools are now.