I was a little panicked this morning as I was struggling to figure out what I was going to write about today. Then my inspiration arrived in the form of a text message from my good friend Jacquie (who teaches first grade in another district.) It read,
"I can't believe I'm wearing this stupid ISAT tshirt. This is totally going to boost our scores!"
Of course, I immediately picked up on her sarcasm... and checked to make sure she really had to wear an ISAT tshirt. Yes, yes she did.
Seriously?! SERIOUSLY?! This is what our test-driven culture is now doing. What's next? ISAT pancakes on the lunch menu? ISAT emblems on student desks and tables? Test scores printed on their ISAT school uniform?
I'm a little fired up this morning. Is this really what we value? Is it honestly all about test scores? I get it. I know it's not all of us teachers that place all of our eggs into one testing basket. How will we find our way out of this?
I have to give Jacquie major kudos for wearing that shirt today. I think mine would have miraculously disappeared.
I guess I'd better go take a few (hundred) deep breaths this morning before my little friends walk in. :)