However, when it comes to the clear message of this academic research on education reform and the need to end high stakes testing, what is comes across loud and clear is it's not you, it's them.
It's just another fact-based research study that shows how the social implications of racism and poverty or gender bias can impact students' performance on standardized test scores. To all the teachers and students across the country who are suffering under the reign of terror inflicted by politicians and business leaders who continue to support the ridiculous and harmful high stakes testing mania that has taken over education and is punishing and scapegoating teachers, here is just more evidence that will be ignored.
Does anyone give a damn? Is anyone listening? Will anyone in power stand up to these corporate bullies and call for an end to the madness?
It's almost too depressing to think about and to write about but as teachers and educators all across the country know, it is a sad reality. Perhaps some day, the President will come out on stage and say, "Let's invest the money we are spending on tests and data and provide every child with eyeglasses or dental care or food and housing." Let's return to a time when field trips to museums, art, music and physical ed were part of the curriculum and children looked forward to going to school because their souls were nurtured and they could play, socialize and dream. Now there would be someone I could vote for.