The View From 1776

Teaching to the Test

When liberal-progressives talk about ‘learning to think,’ they really are speaking of absorbing PC attitudes.  Denigrating ‘teaching to the test’ is to believe that learning facts and mastering mathematics diminishes the capabilities of the human mind.

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  1. Letters
    Santa Maria(CA) Times
    Published 3/10/03

    My 30-year service as a public school teacher began
    in 1957. In 1970, the Los Angeles teachers' union,
    UTLA, called a strike. Their attempt to close the
    schools met failure in view of the largely profess-
    ional viewpoint of a great majority of the L.A.
    teachers at the time.

    Through the following years, the several teachers'
    organizations continued to represent their members
    before the school board on a proportional basis of
    membership as the Winton Act required. The union
    continued an ongoing drumbeat to the teachers that
    they would have "more clout" if they would join the
    union. They had minor success.

    By the late 1970's, State Senator Rhodda authored
    a bill before the Senate and Assembly that would
    require all teachers in every public school district
    to choose a single teachers' organization to
    represent them. It worked! The teachers had accepted
    the union ploy of "clout." The union won and the
    voice of the professional teacher was silenced -
    without further representation. California public
    schools went from No. 1 to No. 50, as statewide the
    story was repeated. Nation-wide,the NEA and AFT
    prevailed. As predicted, public school education
    went into the toilet. Since the first priority of
    any union is the benefit of the union and its members,
    the students were given a backseat. The public-sector
    blockage of education reform (Koret Foundation)continues
    by the unions - private-sector agents.

    Ignoring the cause, politicians, parents, and teachers
    today do not have a clue as to a solution. The worker-
    mentality and lack of professional identity and values
    grinds on while the children of each succeeding gener-
    ation suffer ongoing classic mediocrity.

    Parents who care will have to lead. Meanwhile, private,
    parochial, and home-schooling, are the only reliable
    'student first' educational institutions available.

    Semper Fidelis
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