I am passing on this page, because as my followers will know, I do not believe standardized testing helps teaching, learning or accountability…. But I want to offer some push back to this group and others who promote the false idea that somehow if we remove the tests all will be fine in public education. This group claims that removing the test help return a “whole and equitable public education”.
When was there ever a whole and equitable public education, for some maybe, but for all, never. For a more Holistic view of US Education History, look to John Taylor Gatto, former Teacher of the Year, and Ron Miller, author of What are Schools?:Holistic Education in American Culture.
I believe in education by the public for the public, but the test is not the only thing keeping public education from being whole and equitable. We must be willing to question the whole of the system including age grouping, group pacing, desks, gaps in funding, passion-less learning, lack of community and teacher partnership, poverty, etc etc.
We must start envisioning a better system not just fighting againnst something. So while I support and encourage others to support this cause, I also believe we need to remember that we need to transform education systems not only because I believe they are broken, but because there are better ways.
Our children should not be burdened by a system that was created not with their lives or passions or talents or future in mind, but those of another generation by powerful white men with agendas that had nothing to do with learning or human growth or development.
So Stop Standardized Testing, but also envision a future where those tests are gone, what does that learning community look like! I hope it looks nothing like it does now!
Keep Dreaming, and Keep moving in the directions of those dreams!
Important side note I have posted two opt out groups today. This is not the one that is open to everyone being involved, they have rejected the voices of alternative educators, unschooling educators, and any one who differs from their agenda. I say support both, but if you decide to choose I would suggest the group led by Lisa Velmer Nielsen
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I have received a thoughtful email from the United Opt out group ensuring me they need and welcome everyone to help in this campaign, be it public, private or alternative educators. I support those who reach out to everyone, because to find ourselves in a more just and sustainable future we need to put aside our disagreements and agree to work together!
UPdated 2: I was recently banned for this group for speaking up to bullying and respectfulness by the people who run the group, most of the group is pretty awesome. So make your own choice, mine was made for me. On a lighter note… I had some amazing corn harvested from my garden. It was kind of a eye opening experience… so good!
-Adventures in Learning