You guys got pretty riled up the other week when I posted about these ridiculous state tests and the Common Core standards, so if we’re gonna talk education, let’s get all the cards out on the table. Is this what your child’s education looks like?
- no spelling tests
- no grammar
- no times tables by rote
- no show and tell
- no handwriting
- teaching to the tests and learning how to fill in bubble sheets. ( A very important skill *eyeroll*)
Do they still have:
- collaborative learning
- hands on manipulatives
- creative writing
- field trips
- after school programs
As the funding gets tighter and the teachers are being held accountable by state test gradings. It’s a wonder our kids can function at all.
School is almost over now, for some states it already is…My kids are basically marking time, not really doing too much in the way of learning. It’s not the teachers’ fault, it’s just the way of the system. June is the month of field trips. Miss Gremlin brought a list home the other day with so many trips to fill in the next 3 weeks that it made my head spin.. not to mention my wallet 😉
Grand Master D’s math/science teacher left the week before the April tests to have her baby and I am happy for her, you can’t always plan these things, but it’s left the upper grades, 7 and 8 with out a teacher..and while Admin has scrambled to find a replacement, several in fact who just don’t show, the kids have not really been learning much. The law requires a licensed math teacher to teach the curriculum but aren’t all the sub’s licenced to teach? Why so many hoops? Why can’t the subs just pick up in the text and continue on? Grand Master D has complained and complained about being bored in the mornings, doing puzzles and worksheets. It’s a worry.. April to end of june.. no teacher? It’s glorified babysitting with the subs, not to mention missing instruction. How’s that going to count to the kids end of year scores?
And now there’s a ground swell among many principals, that they will be disregarding the test results this year anyway for the admissions process. They were unfair, too hard, too long. The kids didn’t finish them, students were very stressed,some crying. It’s makes me worry for what comes next. Is this the death nell for state testing? One can only hope…. right?
For a laugh, the kids are home today… It’s Chancellor’s Day. Whatever that means….. By all means let’s have a thursday off school for no real reason when our 13 week summer break is a mere 3 weeks away. And we wonder why our kids aren’t ready for college or real life for that matter…