Discover the reasons why U.S. parents are refusing to have their children take high stakes tests that are used to fire teachers and close public schools. What isn’t mentioned is the fact that in China, the government helps schools and teachers that are not performing well. China does not call those schools failures and use that as an excuse to close its public schools and fire its teachers so corporations can move in to abuse and profit off our children.
Two researchers at Teachers College, Columbia University, surveyed parents who opted their children out of state tests and confirmed what leaders of the test refusal movement have long asserted. Parents don’t opt out because they are controlled by unions. They don’t opt out because, as Arne Duncan once said, they are fearful that their child is not as smart as they thought.
“Teachers College unveiled the findings of Who Opts Out and Why?—the first national, independent survey of the “opt-out” movement—which reveals that supporters oppose the use of test scores to evaluate teachers and believe that high-stakes tests force teachers to “teach to the test” rather than employ strategies that promote deeper learning. The new survey also reports concern among supporters about the growing role of corporations and privatization of schools.
“For activists, the concerns are about more than the tests,” said Oren Pizmony-Levy, TC Assistant Professor of International and…
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