What about the child in special education?
What about the second language learner?
What about the child who has an unstable home life?
What about the child who isn't developmentally ready to master a concept?
Does a 10 year old REALLY have to identify present and past participles by name? How can they face the world without knowing the chemical formula for photosynthesis and cellular respiration before their 11th birthday? If you think I'm kidding, check the California State Standards.
I am all for teacher accountability, if it is realistic and dignifies the educator. I am all for state standards that serve as a guideline/checklist for what a child in a given grade needs to learn.
I am vehemently opposed to a one day snapshot - the annual standardized tests - that defines a student's proficiency as a learner.
Here is an article by Marion Brady that I'm urging you to read. I guarantee it will fire you up.
When An Adult Took Standardized Tests Forced on Kids
A disturbing trend in education has developed (past participle). One where teachers are being forced to "teach to the test" or their job may be at stake.
I have been an educator for over twenty-five years and I am sorry to say this trend/reality is leaching (present participle) the joy out of teaching.
To all my brothers and sisters in education:
You are heroes
Hold on to the joy