Does One Size Fit All in 2014?


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The following is how the article by ALIA WONG titled, in 2014, One Size Didn't Fit All - starts in the Atlantic: 2014 was not a good year for the word “test.” “Standards” (and its equally unpopular cousin “standardized”) didn’t fare too hot, either. The terms paired together, and all hell broke loose—at least in education circles. And in concerned-parent circles. And among activists and lobbyists who’ve increasingly framed the issue as a key example of what’s wrong with public education—and the role government strives to play in shaping it. Read the entire article HERE. I couldn't bring myself to preface this with my own words, as this entire article is exactly what I have been saying for years! My title is asking you the viewers if you agree, and it would be wonderful if you could leave a comment if this is something you feel strongly about! Does One Size Fit All in 2014? The Atlantic had a sub heading of Kids were fed an alphabet soup of uniform standards and tests, and no one was happy about it. I can tell you first hand that this is undeniably true! Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and Kids were miserable a good part of the year due to this excessive testing mode that the public school sector has been pushed into. My intention here is not to be a Debbie Downer for the NewYear, but to bring awareness that standardized testing is seriously ruining our educational system. Here are examples of previous blogs written by myself and others over the past several years that have appeared on the Teachers With Apps website. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela It was this quote, “If the purpose for learning is to score well on a test, ... the real reason for learning,” from Jeannie Fulbright, that inspired this blog. After a meeting earlier this week regarding the new proctoring mandates and lack of IEP Testing Modifications for Standardized Testing that began on Tuesday. All but extended time is VERBOTEN! The notion that passing a standardized testing qualifies someone for something is completely fallacious. ... We are the majority; it is not too late time to opt-out! FairTest, has the most extensive resources... *Note to readers, I did not include any of the blogs that had Common Core in the title; I'll save them for another blog post...        
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