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Friday, November 30, 2012

Ten years of ed reform has only produced blame the teacher, make money off or ed results..

 Dov Rosenberg

"Education Reform, beginning with the No Child Left Behind Act and continuing with Race to the Top, has produced no US score gains on international tests in science, math, or reading. There has been no shrinking of the "test score gap" by race or class, no reduction in child poverty, no narrowing of income inequality, & no diminution in the prison population. However, it has resulted in huge profits for Pearson & other testing firms; the reduction of teacher morale to its lowest level in history; expansion of "Teach-For-A-While" elite programs where teaching is viewed as a career stepping stone, and the proliferation education consultants & charter school leaders making 6-figure salaries. Look at what's going on in your city & your community since high-stakes testing has been imposed (2001). Have students in poor & under-served communities been empowered? Are they enjoying school more? Are their families being energized by the new choices they now have? Or, have precious portions of the school day, arts, music, sports, gym, been sacrificed as schools are deluged with tests? Have special needs & English Language Learners been marginalized because they might lower a class or school's test profile? There is a story to be told here, school by school, city by city, state by state. Your TV, radio, and newspapers haven't told it yet. It's up to you to tell it. Be heard." - Inspired by Mark Naison

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