Friday, January 6, 2012

The Damon's Take a Stand

In this article the actor Matt Damon and his mother, a professor of education, turned down the opportunity for an award after reading an opinion article that the union’s president had co-authored with the founder of Teach for America.
I particularly like the part where she points out that "...you wrote about a first-grade teacher who was retiring because she wouldn’t teach to a script...  teaching to the test strips teachers of their professionalism. Yet it is the best-trained, most knowledgeable teachers who can offer the most meaningful, excellent education in this test-driven climate. It’s the under-prepared teachers who are most often teaching to tests and using scripts because they don’t have the knowledge base to do otherwise."
In making the best of this test-driven climate, are you scripting your lessons to the test? Or have you discovered that scripting doesn't work and using the test as a tool to get your students to think critically, form their own opinions on societal standards and expectations, and teach themselves job-survival skills (biting the bullet and getting through what isn't ideal to preserve themselves and their job) is making the most of the situation?

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