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Failing the Test: Why Cheating Scandals and Parent Rebellions Are Erupting in NYC, DC, and Atlanta ~ Slate

Failing the Test: Why Cheating Scandals and Parent Rebellions Are Erupting in NYC, DC, and Atlanta ~ Slate | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by David L. Kirp


"It’s a terrible time for advocates of market-driven reform in public education. For more than a decade, their strategy—which makes teachers’ careers turn on student gains in reading and math tests, and promotes competition through charter schools and vouchers—has been the dominant policy mantra. But now the cracks are showing. That’s a good thing because this isn’t a proven—or even a promising—way to make schools better.


"Here’s a litany of recent setbacks: In the latest Los Angeles school board election, a candidate who dared to question the overreliance on test results in evaluating teachers and the unseemly rush to approve charter schools won despite $4 million amassed to defeat him, including $1 million from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and $250,000 from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Former Atlanta superintendent Beverly Hall, feted for boosting her students’ test scores at all costs, has been indicted in a massive cheating scandal. Michelle Rhee, the former Washington D.C. school chief who is the darling of the accountability crowd, faces accusations, based on a memo released by veteran PBS correspondent John Merrow, that she knew about, and did nothing to stop, widespread cheating. In a Washington Post op-ed, Bill Gates, who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars promoting high-stakes, test-driven teacher evaluation, did an about-face and urged a kinder, gentler approach that teachers could embrace. And parents in New York State staged a rebellion, telling their kids not to take a new and untested achievement exam."

Jim Lerman's insight:

This hardly qualifies as hard-nosed social science research, however Kirp's article does provide ample documentation (and good links) of what he terms, "The cracks are showing,"

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AnnC's curator insight, 7 September 2013, 18:36

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Why No Silver Bullet Can Fix Public Education in America | Education on GOOD

Why No Silver Bullet Can Fix Public Education in America | Education on GOOD | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by John Owens

 

"Today, in New York City, as well as in schools around America, "bad teacher" and "teacher" have become almost interchangeable. Listen to billionaire "visionaries" such as Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, as well as "experts" such as Michelle Rhee. The problem with our schools is bad teachers. As The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead wrote in September 2012, "A certain casual demonization of teachers has become sufficiently culturally prevalent that it passes for uncontroversial."

 

"We have to fix this problem. America must get real and understand that no silver bullet is going solve our educational issues.

 

"The first thing to recognize is that not everything in life—and certainly not in education—can be quantified. We have let data and spreadsheets hijack our educational system. Of course, we must have tests and assessments, but to make "raising the numbers" the point of education is not beneficial to anyone except those who make tests."

 

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