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
Can they fire all the students?Expel them, suspend them, put them in jail?
Why are so many students finally just opting out and do these students have any rights? No one knows the answer because it's not on the test.
This is important to the future of public education, to the fight for community control, for putting a stop to standardized testing, curriculum, and graduation requirements, and for the protection of unfairly labeled students, teachers, and schools. We stand in solidarity with the PPS and Portland Student Unions in their decision to lead an "opt out" campaign. For what to do with all those billions of dollars that could be saved or cut from high stakes testing and data collection, take a look at Albuquerque's new state of the art high school. The school is installing Steelcase ergonomic chairs and real solutions to help children learn instead of spending it on junk science and junk products. Every education scholar knows HSST's are pretty much worthless, meaningless and have NO VALUE. Putting kids in comfortable chairs might even improve their test scores.