Monday, March 28, 2011

Just sayin'

With all the testosterone flowing around these parts pushing for test scores to see if mine is bigger than yours, to see if my lambs here in Bloomfield can kick the Chinese/Portuguese/Korean/Malaysian buttocks, to see if AMERICA RIGHT OR WRONG AS LONG AS WE BEAT THEIR PANSY ASSES IN THE PISA, I get that I am not going to avoid this test mania.

I'm not going to say I am OK with all this, but if I'm going to be judged on testing, what it be too much if we skipped the middle man and tested teachers directly?

If a teacher does not know content, nothing else matters.

I don't teach in an haute couture  district. I'd rather not have my future decided by a hungry child whose parents could not afford her asthma inhaler medicine this month.

Test the teachers first. Then talk to me about fixing this system by testing the chiuldren.

Just sayin'.....

I am wheezing today, and I'm cranky.
I will get my albuterol refill in a couple of hours, and I will be OK again.


Anonymous said...

What villany is this? In our district, the administration has the idea that content is dead easy and can be picked up in a couple of days, and is completely unimportant. I am not sure how content becomes completely divorced from teaching, evidently I'm not that bright.

doyle said...

Dear Anonymous,

Good point.

Let the admins take the same test as their charges.

Louise Maine said...

Love this. How much more bio can I cram into these kids heads? And why do they need to learn so much of the technical, deep cell biology when many don't even understand their natural world?

Jenny said...

While I believe in the importance of teachers knowing content, I don't think that's enough. There are plenty of college professors who could score quite well on a content test but who can't teach worth a darn.

I don't know what the answer to that is.

doyle said...

Dear Louise,


Dear Jenny,

I agree--absolutely not enough. I've bumped into too many of us, though, who don't know the content as well as they should.

We need both.

Kathryn J said...

Well said! A person sitting on a school board advisory committee asked me what could be so hard about teaching them what is in the curriculum and on the test.

Errr. One of my 8th-grade students just got transferred to a self-contained classroom because somebody with more power than me finally joined me in knowing that this 6'2" 15yo could not read - at all. Another student complained that the school was awful because she didn't pass the state Regents test in my subject - I offered to review with her both the number of missed days and number of assignments not completed before we blamed the school for the problem. Another student does not have a bed to sleep on - when another teacher offered to find him a mattress he begged her not to because his mother would sell it for drugs; I think he spends most of his life trying to be invisible.

They don't pass the tests so I need to be flogged again. I'll take a test gladly!