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Stephen Singer: How to Create Failure and Destroy Public Education

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From flickr.com/photos/29096601@N00/5432866945/: When my son takes standardized tests
When my son takes standardized tests
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Steven Singer, who teaches in Pennsylvania, explains the planned insanity behing standardized testing, rigged for failure. He likens the situation to a video game that he played with his friend as a child, where the questions and answers might suddenly and arbitrarily change. In Pennsylania, the privatization movement started with deep budget cuts. Then comes a new standardized test. Too many students did well, so the tests were made more 'rigorous.' Now, most students 'fail.' Did they get dumber? No. Did he become a worse teacher? He says no. So what's up? The students are set up to fail. The teachers and schools are set up to fail? Why? It clears the way for charters and vouchers.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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