"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

180 Days Well Spent

Here's an example of how much we are missing by focusing on tests...

What makes a good school?
  • children are given opportunities to work together cooperatively
  • children learn from one another
  • teachers know the children
  • schools are communities...children, teachers, and parents have a voice
  • meaningful noise -- children are active learners
  • parents are part of the fabric of the school
  • teachers are encouraged to be problem solvers, exploring how children learn
  • teachers are child observers instead of test preppers -- observations and assessment
Watch the video and learn.

Think! How much of what these children are learning will appear as part of a standardized test score?

180 Days Well Spent began with a group of NYC parents who got together to discuss their feelings about the negative impact of high-stakes testing based on their children's experiences. Together, they began to think about and envision what a good classroom and school would look like without high-stakes tests. They teamed up with an amazing group of educators and began to explore issues like: What is it that we WANT for our children and for our schools and communities? What makes a good school? What do our children need and deserve to ensure their right to a high-quality education? If we know high stakes tests don't measure our children's learning, what does?

Stop the Testing Insanity!


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