A New Year: First Week

It was a short week, because we tried to get the kids in Dave’s room on Wednesday, to record them singing the national anthem, and pledge. Then I was short two classes, that we are going to fill, but don’t have teachers for yet. I managed to get rid of stuff from the old room, and hauled over paints and large paper from one back room. There really is no place to put anything else.

So far, Florida getting buck for “Race to the Top,” means plenty of paperwork for accountability. Yet how is all of this going to be measured across the board? The ridiculous thing is, you really need national testing. That is the only way you will get a cohesive measure of success. And that is the third rail of  education for dumb politicians. National assessments require national standards, and the States will scream about the Tenth Amendment.

Segregated schools, were a standard (even places like New Jersey, and even in the early 20th century in New York City) shielded under the fact that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” And the right wing, is terrified of this one, so they scream all the time about public school.

Anyway, this teacher had mostly terrific, well-focused kids during the week, as I continue to struggle to get it together for the new year.


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