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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-10 01:53 PM
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13. The "teach to test" requirements to undermine funding for public schools
The GOP has a long history of trying to shift public school funding to "private" schools (GOP code for "religious"). The so-called "performance" method for distributing funds not only results in a "teach to test" approach, but it also penalizes the schools that need more resources the most. In some districts, the lowest performing students take nothing but math and English courses - period. That's not only insane, it is disgusting.

I'll be the first to put blame on most parents for not being responsible about the education of their kids, but the problem runs much deeper than that. How about the text books? Have you looked at one lately? A handful of companies develop them and are beholden to really perverted school districts like those in Texas. They look like a fucking USA Today now! No wonder kids get bored with them. They also weigh far too much because of all of the extraneous fluff. I thought MY books were heavy in the 70's!

Then there's the general attitude that teachers are to blame for the whole problem. That's bullshit. We're losing excellent teachers BECAUSE of the problem. The political solution? Require more testing, retraining, and accountability of the teachers. That sounds great, but right after we apply the same requirements on the assholes coming up with those political solutions. Teachers are stuck in the middle, but they do make for an easy target.

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