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Archive for December, 2006

“NCLB is forcing me to teach to the test.”

I'm afraid I have very little use for teachers whose first reaction to any accountability measures — particularly those of NCLB — is shock, indignation, and lame rhetoric like that in the post title above. Ron Wolk describes the educational heroism of Rhode Island and New Hampshire in Teacher Magazine:

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I'm hereby pushing any questions about assessment into the foreground. I don't have any insight into maintaining a clean classroom and my kids are still acclimating to Web 1.0, much less all these wikis y'all gush over. But if I've got anything to merit this bandwidth-suck, it's an interest in meaningful assessment.

Kay asked some great questions in the comments. I'll try to keep things concise, but I'm easily excited sometimes.

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Busted.

Hey, so if you're coming by from The Practical Theorist and sensing the dust, um, can I ask you to swing back by sometime soon?

At the moment, I'm halfway through transferring posts over from a personal blog and oughtta have this place fully populated by the end of Winter Break. I took off for Christmas telling myself it'd require too much happenstance for someone to click through to this skeleton of a blog.

But apparently Chris checks his referral logs over Christmas or something. Nice to be announced but, man, I can't help but feel a twinge of pity for his kids.

I've been moving through past seasons of The Wire, as seems to be the mandatory assignment of every bleeding-heart white blogger nowadays. All these hosannahs — "… the reason Edison invented television," etc. — have left me feeling cold, however.

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