Sunday, February 24, 2013

Are you in?

Occupy the Department of Education is coming to Washington, D.C. this April 4-7.

I am excited to be attending this top-notch event.  I am incredibly honored to be invited to speak, especially considering the "rock stars" who defend public education who will be presenting.

For more information about "Occupy" go to the United Opt Out Website.

Please consider attending this event. Our nation's capital would make a great spring vacation.  If you are passing through the area on the way back from Spring Break stop by and catch some of the speakers. 

Some required reading.

Here are some more great reads from around the interwebs... 

  1. Standardized testing boycotts spreading: Momentum!
  2. Greenburgh Superintendent Calls APPR Plan A 'Bad Deal' 

  3. News report on the cost of teacher evaluation systems in New York State. 

  4. NYSED and the fear machine (Part III) - don't give in!

  5. Massachusetts professors protest high-stakes tests.


  6. What is really behind the Common Core: profit. "There's gold in them thar test prep Common Core workbooks." 

  7. More on the Common Core costs and origin. 

  8. This is what happens when we neglect other subjects in favor of prepping for ELA and math assessments- we force feed curriculum into math or ELA. 

  9. Arne & Bill's misguided adventure (in education reform)

  10.  Edy the Warrior- an opt outer from Texas.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Common Core Math Blues

The new Common Core Learning Standards will create an explosion of high-stakes standardized testing in our children's classroom.

Currently you and your child (and her teacher) may be suffering from

The revolution is growing!

Everyday seems to bring more news of teachers, parents and students fighting against high-stakes testing that is harming our public schools. My website hits have exploded recently. The New York Opt Out Facebook page is growing in numbers.  Parents are starting to see the harm and are stepping up to do something about the testing madness.  

Join the revolution!

Courage! Seattle's Garfield High School teachers have refused to administer the MAP standardized test. 

Garfield High School parents and students support their teachers by opting out or refusing to take the MAP test.

Portland, Oregon students start a testing boycott.

Rhode Island Students protest high-stakes testing requirements.

Some more good reads:

Parent of autistic child: "The kids who get left behind"

If New York State was serious about education.

Longer school year or day?  How about funding our schools properly first?

Test prep, a necessary evil?

Has kindergarten become too academic?

Satire or reality…