Monday, November 5, 2012

In response to “Testing in Public Education”

Bill Hammond continues to show he knows absolutely nothing about public education, but that doesn't stop the Rick Perry puppet from opening his mouth as a self-determined expert.
Bill Hammond, President of the Texas Association of Business, stated that “Concerned parents are being needlessly frightened by school superintendents who are failing to prepare their students. The parents have been told,” Hammond said, “that some of the provisions of the system will make it harder for their sons or daughters to get into a flagship (university) and that simply is not true. Hammond further stated “This has never been about those kids. It’s about those kids who have never been given the opportunity to go beyond high school.”
This was the guy who publicly stated we can save money on education "by increasing class size." Only an idiot would say something like that, especially when so many studies show that increasing class size hinders and impedes learning outcomes. Hammond needs to close his yap when it comes to public education.
Lastly, the STAAR and all other major testing is an insult to our children. They prove nothing about the knowledge children have and add nothing to their success in business and their future. 
The State Board of Education (SBOE) should be abolished and we need to develop a School-Based Management approach in developing curriculum and improving learning outcomes.
We need intelligent and knowledgeable people to resolves the issues of public education, not special interest puppets.

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