Literacy is a right of all people. “The great object to be accomplished in reading as a rhetorical exercise is, to convey to the hearer, fully and clearly, the ideas and feelings of the writer.” McGuffey, William Holmes
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Playing Games with Data is Actually Playing with Students' Educations
District, charters, schools, and principals play with disciplinary data, using creative wording, pressure, or suppression to help lower reports of suspensions, bullying, fights, stealing, and other abhorrent behavior. Teachers are pressured to deal with chronic behaviors in the class, badgered to change their language (Don't Say Bullying), or they are reprimanded for having lax classroom management. Administrators are looking to buffer themselves from criticism, covering their buttocks, or are scared to choose what is in the kids best interest. Schools are worried more and more about testing performance, and less about real student outcomes. Kids are very smart and they are learning it's not about genuine curiosity, love of learning, wisdom, reasoning, it's more about gaming the system. Most kids by intermediated grades are so wrung-out and deflated by the system its hard to resuscitate their thirst for learning and curiosity. All students pay the price in this era of "The New Normal"