But that was before the testing madness started for real, first, with schools and children measured and punished with standardized tests, most of which were then and continue to be pure crap. And then it was to be the teachers who would be gauged, paid, and let go using those crap tests, soon to be purportedly improved with many more new crap tests required in more subjects and administered more often in more grades. And just last year came news that a new kind of ed school was being embraced by the corporatists who run NCATE, a preparation that would require candidates to teach and to produce high student scores in order to get their teaching credential! Could things get any weirder or irrational?
One of the biggest surprises of the weekend: Randi Weingarten does not go along, verbally at least, for now. Always the savvy negotiator:
The prospect of using student test scores to grade the colleges that trained their teachers doesn't sit well with one teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers. "At the same time that the validity of using standardized tests as the ultimate measure of performance is being widely questioned, the U.S. Department of Education appears to be putting its foot on the accelerator by calling for yet another use for tests," AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement.