Erin is right to question Doug Elliott’s attempt to split hairs between a “slowdown” and a “deceleration”. But Elliott’s parsing ranks a distant second behind Russ Marchuk in the field of evasive dissembling.
Shorter Marchuk: It’s outrageous that anybody would suggest we’re imposing a disastrous policy like universal standardized testing on students. Instead, our policy . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Distinction without a difference
Perhaps I’m a bit late to the party, but this is an issue that I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about since it was mentioned.
In the past few weeks, an issue that wasn’t on anyone’s radar made its way to the forefront of everyone’s minds when Cam Broten rose in the . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: The "Rebel" Alliance
Sure, we know that an undue obsession with standardized testing leads to incentives for administrators and teachers to cheat in order to give the impression of improvement. But that’s nothing compared to the impact on other parts of a child’s eduction which get shoved aside in the name of test scores: At Public School 10 . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Someday, this could all be ours
Yesiree, frequent standardized testing sure does help teachers focus on what’s most important… Ms. Parks admitted to Mr. Hyde that she was one of seven teachers — nicknamed “the chosen” — who sat in a locked windowless room every afternoon during the week of state testing, raising students’ scores by erasing wrong answers and making . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Someday, this could all be ours
Here, on how Brad Wall’s willingness to see the long form census scrapped suggests that his government’s push toward mandatory annual standardized tests for all students can’t be explained by any real interest in evidence-based policy – and how the move looks to damage students’ education in substance rather than providing any useful information.
For . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Slightly Aged Column Day
Source: CBC News: Province Won’t Limit Classroom Sizes, Minister Says
There certainly is no shortage of things to talk about; from SGI motorcycle rates, to unanimous approval to move forward with “Howard’s Law” on asbestos, it was hard to decide what should be the first thing to move on to.
But, as you’ve no doubt . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: Those Who Can’t Do…