Thursday, December 01, 2005

Mold

Joe Thomas over at Shut Up and Teach ponders why we don't apply the same standards for testing children as we apply to testing mold.

I find this post so ironic it is funny. Good find Joe.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Feds tell governors to pick on someone their own size!

PRESS RELEASE:

The Super's Blog has discovered a heretofore unknown top secret memo outlining a federal plan that would require governors to pick on someone their own size. Since a number of governors have been calling on schools to eliminate food with high sugar and fat content recently because of obesity concerns, congress is reportedly considering requiring all state houses to follow the same requirements they are foisting on schools.

Starting January 1, 2006 all state government offices will have the following restrictions.

1. All legislators will be weighed and measured annually and their height and weight statistics will be mailed in a report card to all voters.

2. All elevators will be turned off. Some say a few never reached the top floor anyway.

3. All legislators will carry a free and reduced lunch magnetic swipe card issued from their favorite lobbyist of course. A few had already swiped theirs.

4. All legislators will be required to walk around the building two times a day and do jumping jacks. They say a few didn't know jack anyway.

5. All legislators will be required to pick on someone their own size. That one might be tough.

6. All legislators are forbidden to utter the words, "biggie-size it."

Said federal congressperson, Ima Biggun, "We think this is the least we can do. At least this way state officials will have to put their money where their mouth is if they can't pick on someone their own size."

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

"Driving More Money into the Classroom"

PRESS RELEASE

The Republicans announced today the rollout of their new national education initiative titled, "Driving More Money Into the Classroom."

Chief Spokesperson for the Republicans, C.D.L. Laidlaw, revealed the highlights of the new initiative.

"We like the way Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has instituted his 'cult of efficiency' in Indiana and so we have closely modeled our national transportation plan for driving more dollars into the classroom after his Bureau of Motor Vehicles consolidation plan," stated Laidlaw.

He continued, "Indiana closed license branches everywhere based mostly on which lease arrangements they could get out of and required patrons to drive somewhere else for their business. It was very efficient for the government to require patrons to drive 30 miles and more roundtrip to take care of a simple transaction."

"Our new initiative called, Driving More Money Into the Classroom, will be implemented following this model. It will require all patrons to drive their children to the bus driver's house every morning for transport to the school. This way we won't have half empty buses."

"We are laying down the law," said Laidlaw, "We have been absolutely appalled to learn that America's school buses have been running their bus routes at 50% capacity for half of the time!"

Monday, November 28, 2005

Gerald Bracey's letter to the NY Times

Gerald Bracey sent the following letter to the NY times as a response to this NY Times article about NAEP scores.

Sam Dillon makes a fundamental error in his article about discrepancies between state tests and NAEP. He assumes the NAEP achievement levels are valid. They are not. Ideologues who wished to sustain the sense of crisis created by "A
Nation At Risk" created them in the 1980's. The NAEP levels are impossibly high. For example, In the Third International Mathematics and Science Study, American 4th graders finished 3rd among 26 nations (emphasis mine) in science. Yet NAEP said only 30 percent of them were proficient or better in science. Similar results occurred in math. Little wonder, then, that the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, the Government Accounting Office and the Center for Research in Evaluation, Student Standards and Testing have all rejected the NAEP levels. They continue to exist only because there is so much political hay to be made from saying that American schools and students stink.