Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Is Child Abuse

The insanity of standardized testing MUST end, but because the gangsters who control education policy in D.C. WANT to be able track kids as early as pre-school and slot them into a permanent underclass with only a handful of "gifted" kids allowed to be academically prepared to move up economically as adults, it will continue. There is too much money to be made by these gangsters for them to quit.

This is from somebody who posted on the FB Badass Teachers Association page, and I thought I'd share this with both of my readers (excerpt has been updated by the original poster):

Today my kindergarten took a test called the Common Core MAP.

We had been told to set up each child with their own account on their numbered Chromebook. The Teacher on Special Assignment came around and spent about an hour in each class doing this in the previous weeks.

We didn’t know exactly when the test would be given, just that some time on Thursday or Friday, the proctors would come and test. I set out morning work for my kids today but before the bell rang, the proctor arrived. I quickly swept off the tables and she said we’d begin right away. I went out to pick up my class.

While the proctor set up the computers (disregarding what we had done -- that hour the TOSA spent in each class was unnecessary), I went through the usual morning routine. Parents who happened to be in the room scrambled to unpack the headphones, which had arrived in the office that morning, and distribute the computers. We started a half hour later. The kids were excited to be using the computers. That didn’t last for long.

The test is adaptive. When a child answers a question, the next batch of questions is slightly harder or easier depending on the correctness of their answer. The math and language arts sections each had 57 questions.

The kids didn’t understand that to hear the directions, you needed to click the speaker icon. We slipped around the room explaining.
Answers were selected by drop and drag with a trackpad, no mouse was available. A proctor in one room said that if a child indicated their answer, an adult could help. Other proctors didn’t allow this. I had trouble dragging and dropping myself on the little trackpads.
Kids in one class took five hours to finish. Kids were crying in 4 of 5 classes. There were multiple computer crashes ("okay, you just sit right there while we fix it! Don't talk to anyone!"). There were kids sitting for half hour with volume off on headsets but not saying anything. Kids accidentally swapped tangled headsets and didn’t seem to notice that what they heard had nothing to do with what they saw on the screen. Kids had to solve 8+6 when the answer choices were 0-9 and had to DRAG AND DROP first a 1 then a 4 to form a 14. There were questions where it was only necessary to click an answer but the objects were movable (for no reason). There were kids tapping on their neighbor’s computers in frustration. To go to the next question, one clicks "next" in lower right-hand corner.....which is also where the pop-up menu comes up to take you to other programs or shut down, so there were many instances of shut-downs and kids winding up in a completely different program.

Is this what we want for our youngest children?

Now mind you these are kindergartners, who should be learning such things as their ABCs, writing their names, learning how to get along with others, playing with peers, and simply being kids. No, the idiots like Pearson's head honchos, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and Arne Duncan think absolutely inappropriate curriculum should be crammed down the throats of kindergartners.

Of course this is all deliberately designed to make kids fail, and then these dirtbags can say the public school system, a system that has served this country so well for two centuries, is no good, and we must privatize it.


CRE Detroit said...

I am interested in knowing if there are any sources on this story. It just seems too odd to be much that I question the truth in it. Can anyone verify i this really happened?

OTE admin said...
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OTE admin said...

The person is a teacher who gave her location, and yes, in the closed group she did post under her name. She said it was okay to copy and paste her story; however, she didn't want her name to be spread all over the internet, for obvious reasons (retaliation by superiors, and so on).

It's entirely believable. Kindergartners are being subject to this insane mania of testing.