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

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Portland Student Unions Support Seattle's Opt Out

Here is the place to sign up and support Portland, Oregon students who support Seattle, WA teachers. Who will be next to stand up to the bullies selling "junk" high stakes standardized tests (HSST's) to school districts?

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. 

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