hey teacher leave the kids alone

inkognitoFebruary 14, 2012

President George W. Bush�s No Child Left Behind law and President Barack Obama�s Race to the Top program are examples of the global education reform movement. Both promote standardized testing as the most reliable measure of success for students, teachers, and schools; privatization in the form of schools being transferred to private management; standardization of curriculum; and test-based accountability such as merit pay for high scores, closing schools with low scores, and firing educators for low scores.

In contrast, the central aim of Finnish education is the development of each child as a thinking, active, creative person, not the attainment of higher test scores, and the primary strategy of Finnish education is cooperation, not competition. I will consider the Teach for America organization�the subject of Wendy Kopp�s A Chance to Make History�in comparison to the Finnish model in a second article.

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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

Thank you.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 8:44PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Yes. And it's coming to a college near you. Obama's extending Race to the Top principles to colleges if they want their students to be eligible for federal student loans.
Say goodbye to academic freedom. The worst part of it is that accreditation agencies like WASC are already targeting colleges to standardize curriculum, testing, and to base professor evaluations on "student learning outcomes" to make the feds happy and to try to stave off direct control.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 10:32PM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

We are really feeling it in RI and the results have been appalling in regard to test scores and teacher morale, both down...

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 7:21AM
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jodik_gw

I've had a very long and grueling day of traveling to doctors and whatnot, so I just can't manage the research at the moment, but I'd be interested in seeing the statistics of high school drop outs, college completion, true education levels (and not based entirely on test scores), and that sort of thing, country by country... and in the US, state by state.

While I'm very aware that education budgets are being slashed and burned left and right in the US, due to apparent budget issues... and I can see that our entire educational system is suffering as a result of several variables... but running the system based purely on test scores, and blaming teachers when so many other issues so obviously coincide is just ludicrous.

First and foremost, who's idiotic idea is it that all kids are the same, and learn and develop all at the same level?

    Bookmark   February 15, 2012 at 8:21PM
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tobr24u(z6 RI)

Education is always touted as the salvation of the nation but when results don't measure up teachers become the whipping boy...

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 7:53AM
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subtropix

Most of the teachers that I know are extremely demoralized and want to leave the profesion. Doesn't help that our fat boy gov, consistently bashes teachers. If you think education is in trouble now--just wait! Lots of reasons for the U.S. decline--fractured families, technological overload, little respect given to teachers or even the pursuit of education, clueless politicos, and pedagogical "experts"...(I could go on.) There needs to be a fundamental, cultural revolution in the country for things to change. Not a pretty situation at all, and I would suggest that comparing the US to Finnish educational system is like comparing apples to oranges.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 8:31AM
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bird_lover6

The Finnish model works for Finland - its a highly cohesive culture, and there's no rush to educate kids who are then burned out by third grade. Their kids don't even start school until seven and they are soon ahead of their counterparts who start school at five here.

Meanwhile, the teacher unions in the U.S. are convinced that our scores would improve if we had universal four year old kindergerten. Pre-kindergarten? They said that about universal five year old kindergarten, as well.

Which shows how much crap is being taught in teacher colleges about child development. :(

    Bookmark   February 16, 2012 at 9:10AM
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