This is so real enlightening & entertaining as to what 'reform', through test-prep and the Gates Core Curricula Crap does to teachers .Bob Shepherd is an amazingly accomplished assessment developer, wordsmith, textbook author, and many more things. But after climbing many professional mountains, he decided to become a classroom teacher. He has a low tolerance for nonsense. 'So whether the kids are learning isn’t really the issue. -- by means of the latest magic formula pushed by the district and some InstaEduPundit, each cohort of kids is supposed to perform better than the last–significantly better–on the tests, though they come into your classes in exactly the same shape they’ve always come into them in because, you know, they are kids and they are just learning and teaching ISN’T magic. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s magical, sometimes, but its’ not magic.'