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  •  Well one reason I do not write (11+ / 0-)

    so many diaries on education is because explaining that education is an art is difficult.  Even on the progressive blogs, it is evident that the pr of the right has worked.  
    Too many people want hard cold facts about how to judge teachers, how to evaluate student progress and frankly there is no one way to evaluate.  Often the best evaluations come between parents and teacher at a conference.  Two adults who spent lots of hours with a student can indeed have a conversation about the students social, educational, emotional progress and that conversation, if both adults really focus on the child, has little to do with test scores.  

    There are so many variables involved in working with human beings.  I remember one time, on the day of testing, one of the third graders with whom I was working (at that time I was doing Title I reading) came to school in the midst of turmoil in her life.  Her parents had had a violent fight. Police had been at the house.  Dad was off to jail, Mom was at the ER.  Grandma brought the kids to school cause she honestly had no other options and had to deal with the hospital, the police and be there for her daughter.  And yet somehow, testing was supposed to happen.  School administrators are so pressured to get tests in on the day assigned by the state..... needless to say, teachers were appalled at even the suggestion of making this child take a test.    If people really knew the nonsensical pressure put on schools staffs and kids over these high stakes tests, they would march against them.

    Yet too often even here I have to argue with people who believe that MERIT pay is the way to go; that testing needs to done to prove a teacher's worth.  

    Seriously, I am exhausted every time I have to explain to those who believe they are experts (cuz ya know, they went to school or their kid or they themselves had a bad teacher and have therefore extrapolated that bad teachers can never be fired, or unions protect "bad" teachers) about the reality of learning, that there is no one way to teach or to learn.   No magic bullets. No formulas.  And even if there were, unless there is some scientific reality that human beings can indeed grow, learn, mature, physically and emotionally, at a standardized pace, it does not matter.  We will still have small and tall, fast and slow, silly and serious, art lovers and number crunchers, all in one classroom, all with different needs.  
    It's not a hard concept yet so many refuse to even discuss the reality.

    •  The two comments you posted here (4+ / 0-)
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      would make a very substantive diary. But of course that's your choice.

      This place sometimes is confusing. My two previous diaries had much more substance but very few comments or recs. The last one had only five comments and a couple of recs.

      This one was kind of a snarky vent and it's on the rec list list.

      Nonetheless I enjoyed both of your comments and think they would make a great diary regardless of whether or not it received a lot of attention.

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 09:51:29 AM PDT

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