Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Originally posted on Creative by Nature:
“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning us into…

Hall of Fame Induction Speech

I graduated from Gates-Chili in 1982. I had amazing teachers here who affected my life. Mr. Ron Poness, Ms.Martha MacAdam, Mr. Jack Degan, and Mr. Dan Hickey are a few who bring a smile to my face. These amazing teachers made me want to become a teacher. I decided that standing in front of youngContinue reading “Hall of Fame Induction Speech”

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

Originally posted on Americas Education Watch:
One of the most distressing characteristics of education reformers is that they are hyper-focused on how students perform, but they ignore how students learn. Nowhere is this misplaced emphasis more apparent, and more damaging, than in kindergarten. A new University of Virginia study found that kindergarten changed in disturbing…

Chris Hedges’ talk at the United Opt Out Conference

Originally posted on Seattle Education:
My youngest son enters third grade in Princeton next year and I have already told the principal that not only will he not be taking the standardized  test, but I will be organizing every parent in that classroom. Chris Hedges This talk was given at the United Opt Out Conference held in…

15 Truths of Having Your Child Diagnosed with Cancer 

Originally posted on acancermomslife:
I had guessed how bad it would be when I heard my 19 month old had cancer. I imagined a million different scenarios in my head: some of which would happen while others did not. The Internet has been circulating “10 things you didn’t know about this” or “The top 15…

Part 2: the 2nd principle that drives human life

In an earlier post, Part 1: Identifying the problems, I discussed how Ken Robinson’s video  is helping education by shining a light on the problems, identifying the 3 principles that drive human life, and then he offers an existing solution. The first principle is about individuality. Robinson explains the 2nd principle this way: 2nd Principle thatContinue reading “Part 2: the 2nd principle that drives human life”