I stumbled on Jay Greenlinger’s blog earlier today and bookmarked his blog to revisit and subscribe via Feedly.com. In his blog entry on 5 Things We Have to Stop Pretending, he writes the following:

1. Teachers should be completely in charge of student learning.
2. Technology is the answer to our problems. (Yes, I am a Tech Director)
3. Large scale testing provides us meaningful information about a student, classroom, or school.
4. We need to have an adopted curriculum in order to have a coherent curriculum.
5. Change in pedagogy and curriculum can be incremental.

I immediately had a knee-jerk reaction because I read these as assertions of what Jay supported. Then, a moment later, I realized, he meant the opposite of what was written:

  1. Teachers should NOT be in charge of student learning. Instead, students could be.
  2. Technology is NOT the answer to our problems, but probably should be a significant part of MOST solutions.
  3. Large scale testing does NOT provide us with meaningful information about a student, classroom, or school, but there’s no reason why meaningful, authentic assessments couldn’t do that…right?
  4. A quality curriculum that makes sense doesn’t have to be an adopted one.
  5. Changes in pedagogy and curriculum happen suddenly.
What are your thoughts about his points? I wonder if they aren’t obvious. Since, as we all know, being obvious doesn’t mean that people still won’t continue to fail to change. For example, and I apologize in advance, people know when they are overweight, but fail to make the changes needed to lose it (hey, before you get mad at me, I fall into this group of jolly happy people (rolling eyes)).

Still, if I had to pick ONE of these items, I would hope that people stop pretending that large scale testing provides us meaningful information. High stakes testing is the greatest boondoggle perpetrated on school systems.


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