This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
Saturday, January 19, 2013
If Duncan Addressed the Violence He CAN Do Something About
Imagine if Arne were willing to heed the advice of teachers on what they know most about--the effects of testing! From HuffPo:
Duncan On Guns Tests In Schools: Hard To Teach Kids Scared Of Being Killed Failing or Not Graduating
WASHINGTON -- Too many students worry more about being killed by a gun tests than learning in the classroom, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Thursday, as he cautioned that firearms tests alone do not make schools better safer . . . . .
"This was only a first step. We need a lot less children being shot dead tested. We need a lot less children living in fear," he said, urging leaders to listen to teachers.
"Right now, the overwhelming majority of teachers are saying they'd love more resources," Duncan said in wide-ranging interview about his second term as the nation's top school administrator. "They do not want – they are speaking very clearly – they are saying they do not want more guns tests in schools."
"We are not all going to agree on every issue but I think the common goal of having . . . fewer children living in fear – we have to do everything to break through," he said. "If we don't do it now, I don't know when we're going to do it."
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Yet he strongly urged leaders to listen to teachers.
"If you ask the vast majority of teachers, the vast majority of teachers don't want guns high stakes tests in the schools," Duncan said. "They want more social workers, counselors, mental-health services, after-school programs."