Steve Nelson wrote a powerful case for opting out from state testing.
“”Opt-out” may be the most important political movement of this generation. It may seem, at first glance, a small ripple in the education reform debate — an understandable reaction to the frustration over increased testing and test-prep in America’s schools. I suggest that it is much more important than meets the eye.
That “first glance” is important in its own right. There is no reasonable argument in support of the tedious, stressful mess that education reform has made of the nation’s schools. Even within its own circular, self-fulfilling paradigm, the testing and accountability era has been a dismal failure. Test scores are essentially meaningless as a measure of real learning, but even by this empty standard, no progress is evident. For this analysis, let us just stipulate that it has not even achieved the limited objectives on which…
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April 16, 2015 at 18:45
Yes, Lloyd Lofthouse says he is anti common core, anti corporate education reform movement, anti high stakes standardized testing, anti Bill Gates, anti Walton family, anti Eli Broad, Anti Governor Cuomo, etc., etc. etc.
But he also pro public school teacher and thinks teachers should be the ones who decide curriculum simliar to how it’s done in Finland. Teachers teach. Students learn. Parents support. Government raises the public funds to pay for public education and stays out of the process.