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U.S. Schools Don't Fail at Test Performance, They Fail at Citizenship Development

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'Civics is about asking the right questions, and questioning why those questions are 'right,' not picking a bubble and saying it is the 'right answer.' We need a rebirth in the teaching of history and civics. We need to teach students the importance of living together with others in peace and mutual respect, & to teach them to respect the humanity and individuality of others. No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top,  focused, for 16 years, exclusively on test scores, standardized testing, basic skills, and getting the right answer. Of course, students should leave K-12 education with the knowledge and skills to succeed in the next phase of their lives.The phrase college and career readiness has become ubiquitous in education debates.We need an education system intentionally designed to engage students to understand their values and to learn how to become effective citizens.' 

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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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