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This Trigger Thing Got Me Thinking

September 29, 2012

Maybe I’m looking at this all wrong. As long as we’re considering letting parents storm the castle and overturn school board decisions, what else could parents opt to do? Are there local, state, and federal policies in place that parent could individually choose to disregard for their children? Here are some thoughts:

“It’ll take a miracle!”

  • Compulsory attendance
  • School start age
  • Classroom assignment
  • Seating charts
  • School lunch and bus rules
  • Using #2 pencils
  • Remembering who your buddy is on field trips
  • Attendance, dress code, and discipline policies
  • Making students pass classes (or live within a school’s attendance lines) to play sports
  • Graduation requirements
  • And of course, high stakes testing

If parents are going to assert their rights, why not start with the ultimate waste of time and money. Testing is a multi-billion dollar industry. It does not tell us things that we wouldn’t otherwise know about our kids. But it does cost us instructional time and squelch creativity – both from the teacher and the student.

  1. Teacher's Husband
    September 29, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    If parents knew and understood the full waste and ramifications of the present testing programs, they would storm the gates.


  2. MathTeacher
    September 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    That begs the question: Why don’t parents understand? How can we, as professionals, get that word to parents in a why that helps them understand? Can we?


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