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Well, if we want reform, let’s really reform!

I just read an article in the Boston Globe saying that Boston Public Elementary and Middle Schools will be adding an additional 40 minutes to each school day.  The article was pretty positive about the cooperation between the Education Reformers and the Teacher’s Union. Both sides seemed to feel that the extra time will help the kids.

But I watched local Boston news tonight, and you know what?

Those news guys are furious that the day is only being increased by 40 minutes.  They are all upset about the fact that the changes are “incremental”. Education “Reformers” around the state are saying that we should be adding at least an additional hour and a half to two hours each day.


I for one have had enough of these tiny, incremental, baby step changes to education. I mean, in the last fifteen years, all that we have managed to achieve is to create and apply one set of curriculum standards for every kid in every school in every town in our great nation.  We have only managed to develop and administer standardized tests to kids in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. How incredibly ineffective!

I want REAL education “reform”, dammit!

I say that if we are truly committed to reforming our education system, we should increase the school day to a minimum of 8 hours per day.  If parents need to work 8 hours a day, then why shouldn’t kindergarteners put in the same time? More minutes of learning will OBVIOUSLY lead to more successful students.

And if we are committed to insuring accountability at all ages, then we need to be testing children every year of school. Kindergarten through Grade 12.  Come to think of it, since we all now believe that rigorous testing equals academic success, I propose that we test every child every four months, all year long. Let’s prove once and for all that summer is time wasted, and that we should be eliminating the unproductive habit of “summer vacation.”

I believe, as a true education reformer, that children should begin as early as possible to practice those key critical thinking skills that will make them successful workers when they reach their twenties.  We want 21st century thinkers and learners! No more lagging behind those pesky Chinese workers.

I propose that we begin to enforce mandatory pre-natal academic training, in which babies in utero must be exposed to a minimum of four hours per day of classical musical, basic math skills, and early literacy activities.  Why should we waste these valuable learning times, while the brain is forming? I’m sure that someone out there could develop a rubric for intra-uterine math performance.

It is way past time for us to let go of outdated beliefs that “play” and “social interactions” are meaningful uses of time in childhood. American children should begin to engage in rigorous, standards based educational activities as soon as they have progressed to a sippy cup.  No more “stacking rings” in the playpen: I propose that we have children write persuasive essays to their mothers when they are requesting a diaper change or a bowl of Cheerios.  I propose that even the youngest babies should be required to demonstrate mastery of math facts before getting any “more” animal crackers.

We must stop these slow, incremental, gradual changes to our education system.  It is time for the American people to demand action.  Teachers should be on-call for 22 hours per day in order to answer questions about how to apply the receptive language rubric when the baby is able to “show me your nose”.  Parents should be held accountable for providing ongoing teaching of reading and writing skills from the moment of conception until the first day of college.

I’m sure that if we really apply ourselves, we’ll be able to come up with a comprehensive evaluation system for even the youngest learners.  I’m sure that if we ask for it, Pearson Corporation can put that evaluation system on the market by next week.


Schools for Sale!!!

Oh, my flippin’ God.

This is beyond disgusting.

I just found this website on a post from the Badass Teacher’s Association.

Before you click on the link, please think about this.  My 30 years of teaching experience and my Master’s Degree and my 56 hours of graduate credit beyond that degree will be of no importance to me at all once we go to the proposed teacher evaluation system where my salary and my standing will be almost entirely dependent upon the scores that my students earn on the latest standardized tests.

Please understand that my daughter’s financial stability and job security as a teacher will depend upon the students’ scores on these tests.

And before you check this link, try to grasp the fact that students who don’t speak English, students who are autistic, students who are deaf, students who are oppositional/defiant and students who are homeless and hungry will all be tested on the same Pearson Corporation standardized test.

Now that you know all that, click on this link. Read for yourself about exactly how the damn tests are going to be scored.

To quote my students, “Seriously, dude?”  Any recent college grad with a degree in philosophy or biology or comparative religions can earn 12 bucks an hour scoring the essays that will be used to decide my fate?

Are. You. Fucking. Serious.

Read it.  Then weep.

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