"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Developmental Tutoring?

The unadulterated idiocy of the testocrats is clearly without pretense or remorse. These score-keeping visionaries are nuts and proud of it.

In Indiana as elsewhere, there are plans for kindergarten and pre-K standardized tests, and now there is talk of remediation children who are "struggling" to develop:
Currently, Indiana students start taking yearly ISTEP tests -- which are given each fall -- in third grade. But [State Superintendent] Reed said there are benefits to testing children in kindergarten, first and second grade.

A kindergartner might not be able to use a No. 2 pencil to fill in bubbles marking multiple-choice answers -- or even read such a test -- but there are other ways to test young children.

One short test shows a set of pictures to kindergartners, who are asked which picture begins with a certain sound. The results can help teachers and parents work with struggling students to improve basic alphabet skills before moving on to more difficult material.

So let's see if I have this right--let's find an intervention strategy for developmental differences in cognition!! Is that the game? WHERE ARE THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS? Yes, to save the children, but more importantly, to lock away these insane officials before they can do more damage.

Ms. Reed--get thee to a nuttery!!

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