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Monday, April 17, 2006
No Child Held Behind
Our public education systems are woefully inadequate. No wonder why Delaware has a high rate of private school attendance. And they are becoming more and more ineffective by the impostion of politically targeted testing programs at the expense of actually teaching the children.
Our children are spending an inordinate amount of time taking tests that aren't conducive to their education. The tests are to propagate political agendas. Why can't our education system have an agenda which includes educating the children!?
Ask your children how much time during their 4th marking period is going to be devoted to test taking. My kids are indicating that it is their entire 4th marking period... that there isn't room in their school schedule for learning for the rest of the school year. This is outrageous (even giving allowance for childrens' propensity to exagerate).
And this is in addition to the 4 weeks they have already dedicated to non-educational testing earlier in the year. (the 4 weeks are half-day testing and half day easy days... days where it is alleged to be mandatory that there be no challenging work and no homework). This is an estimate of the combined time for the DSTP testing and the MAP testing.
It makes me sick to think of how our future generations' education has become a pawn in the political game, and a casualty of En Passant.
If we have to have a slogan for education.... shouldn't it be... "No Child Held Behind" instead of "No Child Left Behind"? (insert snide remark about your politician of choice here)
I suppose it's easy not to leave anyone behind if you never do anything.