I think it’s critical that parents become informed and empowered about this issue. I’m sure the majority of parents appreciated what was said and many likely left with a raised awareness. School boards could be holding parent meetings to share the pros and cons of standardized testing. PTA’s certainly should be. And if they don’t, we should act alone like the woman in New Mexico. Enduring a little social awkwardness is well worth the ultimate result- if we do the work, positive change will win out.
This letter arrived in my email from a professor at the University of New Mexico who is deeply disturbed by the over-testing of her children. The president of the local PTA did not want her to speak, she said. Even more shocking was her statement that teachers had to sign a pledge promising not to say anything negative to parents about the PARCC test or to disparage testing in general. I don’t know why, but I was reminded of the loyalty oaths that many teachers were compelled to sign during the McCarthy era in the late 1940s and early 1950s, to “prove” that they were not Communists.
Albuquerque PTA Smackdown
This is a redacted version of the talk I attempted to deliver at my children’s Elementary School PTA meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
The former PTA…
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