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MythBusters, Standardized Testing Edition! 5/19 :: Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action

MythBusters, Standardized Testing Edition! 5/19 :: Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action
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MythBusters, Standardized Testing Edition! 5/19

Save Our Schools Teach-in #8: Standardized Testing Mythbusters!

Thursday, May 19, at 8:30 pm Eastern time, 5:30 pm Pacific time, please join us for the eighth of our teach-ins, featuring Bruce Smith and Phillip and Joan Harris, authors of a new book that pulls back the curtain on standardized tests.

Their book considers common ideas like the following:

Fact or Myth: Students’ knowledge and skills can be assessed by the limited sample of content included in a forty-five question test.

Fact or Myth: High student test scores at any particular school are a good reason to assume that school has high student achievement.

Fact or Myth: Punishing or rewarding schools, teachers, or students based on

HARD LESSON: Educators Learn How Not to Teach Children About Slavery | The Defenders Online | A Civil Rights Blog

HARD LESSON: Educators Learn How Not to Teach Children About Slavery | The Defenders Online | A Civil Rights Blog

HARD LESSON: Educators Learn How Not to Teach Children About Slavery

By Tarice L.S. Gray

Slavery as a topic needs no introduction to most Americans. But it does need an introduction to children; and how the facts of Negro Slavery in America has been taught to schoolchildren has often been as fraught with tension and controversy as other spheres what used to be know as “race relations.”

So, the foundation of this nation was built on the backs of enslaved workers, who were mostly black, setting the tone for a racially sensitive American society. The institution of slavery is considered in history, as a form of man’s inhumanity to man, and it’s impact still lingers. Congress went so far as to apologize in 2008 for the racism that was born out of slavery and its successor Jim Crow. But the subject that once divided a nation is an important part of our history. So it was not surprising that the lesson plan of a white Virginia elementary school teacher introducing her fourth grade class last month to the issue of slavery provoked a furious response.

What raised eyebrows was the six year veteran’s approach. She conducted a mock slave auction in which she required and made her class’ African- American students and mixed- race students to play the role of the human property to be sold, and her white students to be the “buyers” of their classmates of color.

The reaction from parents and educators was blistering, and the teacher faces disciplinary action.

Handcuffs hanging before a childDr. Mary Frances Berry, the noted historian and educator, and former head of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, believes punishment is appropriate becaus

solidaridad: Those who can, teach

solidaridad: Those who can, teach

Those who can, teach

Funny how the cretinous idiots that write "those that can't, teach" learned how to write from a teacher! — Robert D. Skeels

Those who can, teach. Those who cannot pass laws about teaching.
The button reads "Those who can, teach. Those who cannot pass laws about teaching."

NYC Educator: From Wall Street

NYC Educator: From Wall Street

From Wall Street

I went to a rally yesterday with thousands of my fellow teachers. We marched the streets of Manhattan, and it's very clear to me that in numbers there is strength. The more we're out there, and the more of us who show up out there, the less the Emperor will be able to sit in his castle and ignore us. I'm inspired by the spirit out there, and amazed that I managed to run into half a dozen local bloggers, including the elusive Miss Eyre. (I only recognized her because she recited several of her posts verbatim on demand.)

I also noted some oddities, including a guy all by himself on the side of the road waving a sign that said, "We stand together."

There was also an endless chant of, "Enough is enough," accompanied by some very insistent drummers. I kind of wished they would grow a sense of irony, but I suppose it got lost in the crowd.

I was highly impressed by the guy in front of me who was wearing a pink Barbie backpack. "That guy is a real

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