Day 4,780 of NCLB's Reign Of Testing Terror.
They promise that new standards and testing would wipe away special needs and second language learner issues. Their solution simply make all children take the same test. Another promised not delivered!
Over a trillion dollars federal tax dollars went to pushing new standards and testing and outcomes-based education reforms. 4,780 days later the data is in. Our children in grades 3 to 8 are not reading, writing, and doing math at grade level. I call this, the single largest policy failure in American education history. A massive policy collaborative failure at the Federal level and state level.
I can't help, but feel America's children, parents, teachers, and local schools are on their own. I do however suggest a different model for improving our public schools.
The time has come to advocate for "In-Put' based solutions. We don't need more outcomes data; we need to start collecting, analyzing, and supporting "In-Put solutions that directly address the inequalities in our nation's public schools. If your improvement does not help reduce the inequalities of racial, poverty, and special needs students then we don't need it.
Abraham Maslow over six decades ago proposed his Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs’” which suggested that before human beings could meet the higher expectations there basic needs had to be met. http://www.learning-theories.com/maslows-hierarchy-of-needs.html
In order to learn human beings must have their basic needs for food, water, sleep, shelter, need to feel safe, and need love, intimacy and friendship. OUT-Come based solutions cannot fill these needs in our schools, but “In-Put” driven solutions can. I am suggesting NCLB/RTTT reforms focused on the wrong data and held the wrong people accountable. Children, teachers, and public schools are not responsible for rectifying inequality, but society is.
It is time to make equity the standard, and hold policy makers and legislators accountable for reducing inequalities that are overwhelming our nation's public schools.
Abraham Maslow said: "All the evidence that we have indicates that it is reasonable to assume in practically every human being, and certainly in almost every newborn baby, that there is an active will toward health, an impulse towards growth, or towards the actualization." Something deep inside me has me thinking Maslow would say NCLB had it all wrong.
How many generations must be sacrificed, before we accepts that it's the “Opportunity Gap” not the “Achievement Gap” that matters?
Jesse The Walking Man Turner
Wonder what the Walking Man was listening to on his walk in the rain this morning...It was Eric Clapton's "Change The World" > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kntzQiaFzOQ <