infirm-of-purpose asked: As a teacher what is your experience with standardized tests and school board and school politics?
I understand the purpose of standardized tests, but when FUNDING for schools gets tied to test scores, not only does it double reenforce class disparity (What do you know, poor and marginalized students perform worse on tests, and then their schools get LESS funding), but it also turns classrooms into test prep programs.
Do you know how many novels I’ve gotten to teach this year? FULL novels? IN AN ELA CLASS?
1. The House on Mango Street. And ONLY my pre-ap kids got to do it, because the on level teachers felt that they couldn’t give up the time it would take to do it.
That was it, and we didn’t even have TIME to do a decent project over it, because we have to do all this test prep shit all the time.
I am a huge advocate of the public education system, but we NEED to reform the way we treat standardized testing and funding. Because right now our students are learning how to do well on an ELA test, not how to be good at ELA.
Let’s talk about SCHOOL BOARDS.
Everyone needs to vote in school board elections. EVERYONE.
Because fucking no one does. In the school district I went to (not where I work now) literally EVERYONE on the school board was from this ONE super conservative mega church in town because no one votes in those damn elections so all it takes are like, a few hundred people to totally control the election. Get your church to vote for you, and bam, you are in.
My school district was run by a church effectively. ALWAYS VOTE IN THE GOD DAMN SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS.