Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Seriously?! - Slice of Life #6


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. :)

12 comments:

  1. Just in case it's too unbelievable I plan on getting a picture of myself for you!

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  2. Oh my!!! (Yes, I did put extra, unneeded exclamation marks at the end.) When is enough, enough? We are producing a generation of students that are going to be great at test taking, but not much else. How is that make our students more prepared for global competition?

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  3. Oh MY. There is not much else to say. If it were up to me...teachers' voices would be ringing in their heads...."we'ver worked hard and your're ready...now just just do your very best!"

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  4. Well I guess it's good to hear we aren't the only crazy people doing this!!! I feel your pain and wonder the same things as you..will it ever change???

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  5. Wow! I am in a bit of shock. I had not heard that schools were making t-shirts to cheer on our little test takers. I wonder if there is a blog out there in the world tonight where someone is bragging about these t-shirts being worn today?

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  6. Where's the t-shirt that says, "Excellent instruction. Everyday" ? Thanks for sharing!
    Chris

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  7. Our school has planned a PSSA "pep rally." My eye twitches just thinking about it.

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  8. Seriously? I can't believe money was even spent on these t-shirts. Oh the books that I would have bought . . .

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  9. OH yes. Shirts, pep rallies, pencils, pre-test breakfasts, you name it -- if it's for a test, we'll do it! Ugh. How did we get here??

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  10. Laura,
    Do you think if I get my daughter a OGT shirt next week it will improve her scores? Oh, who am I kidding? I'd rather see her have a week of learning.

    Cathy

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  11. I'm giving our state test this week. Thank heaven we don't have shirts or I would probably get fired for insubordination. And my two sons, a junior and a senior, have four full days off, because only freshman and sophomores take the test at the high school level.

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  12. That is just CRAZY! I'm shaking my head as I type this, because it really doesn't surprise.


    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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