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(Sun Sentinel)   Since students are flunking and bombing the FCAT standardized test, one school district decides to unanimously get more teachers, after-school study programs, and new technology. Just kidding; they want to ban the test   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 16
    More: Florida, FCAT, Florida Department of Education, standardized test, School District of Palm Beach County, St. Lucie, community school, truancy, school districts  
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2012-05-31 07:59:00 AM  
3 votes:
The only way we're going to get manufacturing companies back to the US is by providing them with a massive unskilled and uneducated work force. The US has plenty of astronauts, doctors, lawyers, and computer programmers. What we need are warm yet functionally retarded bodies that don't mind working 18 hour days in precarious conditions. If we can continue to discourage these children from believing that they can be academically successful, we'll soon be making iPads and cell phones and even automobiles. If we can then price these items just a bit out of the reach of the workforce, forcing them to take high interest loans to feed their celebrity induced materialism, we can keep them working until they fall over dead on the assembly lines. I think the plan is clear and we're making great progress toward our end goals, but we cannot allow these rogue school boards to upend our efforts.
2012-05-31 06:04:50 PM  
2 votes:

TheBigJerk: Standardized testing...

I recall a story from (ohio?) where "too many" students were passing the test, so they made it harder because, "obviously it was too easy."

The same people who want standardized testing have flat out admitted they want to destroy public schooling and make education something only the elite get. This is just how it is.


I recall one story from (florida?) where they were graduating kids that couldn't read.

The same people who don't want standardized tests have flat out admitted that they want to make public schools to be so worthless that only the elite can get a real education. This is just how it is.
2012-05-30 11:29:42 PM  
2 votes:
Republicans: cut all budgets, demonize teachers constantly, try to fark up science and history, and then whine when the schools can't do their job properly.

Jesus kitty farkin' Christ on a cracker, what in the hell do they expect!?
2012-05-31 01:56:52 PM  
1 votes:

SkunkWerks: Bontesla: [weknowmemes.com image 460x315]

And this is funny because... H.Sapiens is really several different vastly divergent species with widely varying physical and mental capabilities?

Yeah, I thought not.


Nah, it's nepotism. The man is clearly that monkey's uncle.
2012-05-31 01:22:03 PM  
1 votes:
weknowmemes.com
2012-05-31 12:49:06 PM  
1 votes:
"Standardized Tests"

t.qkme.me
2012-05-31 09:20:12 AM  
1 votes:

JBangworthy: ChuDogg: We need more funding and higher salaries for teachers. Testing and other accountability measures only thwart creativty and real learning. If teachers had higher salaries we wouldn't need to hold them accountable. More funding for music, the arts, and cultural diversity classes to give students from disadvantaged backgrounds pride in their learning. Rote memorization of math and science isn't really learning and doesn't do anything for students' self esteem. Unfortunately we will never have enough funding to achieve that and our countries school funding rate lags behind places like somalia and north korea.


What world do you live in?


I was wondering that myself
2012-05-31 08:45:49 AM  
1 votes:

SpaceyCat: more funds


How much would do it, exactly?

More importantly, how do you decide how much would do it?

Since these schools are a government enterprise, there is no way to answer this question. Government schools have no customers, since they derive all of their income from taxes. They get their money regardless of whether they have provided a service that satisfies parents. Government enterprises, especially something as dynamic and complicated as schooling, have no profit-and-loss information to guide their decisions.

If Starbucks changes the way it does business, they see an immediate increase or decrease in net income. This gives them information they can use to make decisions. How many people to hire, where to put stores, what equipment to buy, what products to offer, etc.

In the absence of economic information, government school have to use something to guide their decisions, so they use political information -- who complains the loudest. Decisions end up being made on the basis of the preferences of the people running the place, not the preferences of the parents or children, which is why schools end up with layer upon layer of bureaucratic oversight, outrageous salaries for administrators who do virtually nothing, and a lot of busy-work that sorta looks like actual productivity in order to provide political cover.

Of course, the FCAT is no solution. Making a useful test is also an economic process, and the same intractable problems that prevent government schools from being run well also prevent the test-makers from making a good test. They, too, have no customers, and thus no profit-loss information to guide the test-making and test-refining process, and instead have to rely on political information, such as a group of squawking teachers.
2012-05-31 08:41:34 AM  
1 votes:
Lt_Ryan:
Not only in getting material in kids heads but in retaining that information, and the kids tested better in creativity down the road.

ORly? Approximately how many more creativity units on average? Or maybe you could tell me the percentage increase in creativity.
2012-05-31 08:10:07 AM  
1 votes:
If only we had a standardized test for politicians and legislators, we could prevent them from enacting destructive and wasteful standardized testing.
2012-05-31 07:46:12 AM  
1 votes:
I understand why you all want to ban the standardized tests. If there was a test showing my kid to be a total farking idiot, I'd probably want to have it banned too.
db2
2012-05-31 07:26:43 AM  
1 votes:
Man, these tests are all just racist stuff like, "If Ramon can make 2 trips per hour in his 30 ft yacht, how many lacrosse poles can he deliver in 5 hours?"
2012-05-31 07:26:31 AM  
1 votes:

liam76: UCFRoadWarrior:... Without things liek this it is very easy fro schools to just graduate peopel who can't read or write.


You're talking to a guy who went to UCF. He didn't notice what you did there.
2012-05-31 07:22:47 AM  
1 votes:

liam76: Without things liek this it is very easy fro schools to just graduate peopel who can't read or write.


...and such as.
2012-05-31 06:26:38 AM  
1 votes:
We need more funding and higher salaries for teachers. Testing and other accountability measures only thwart creativty and real learning. If teachers had higher salaries we wouldn't need to hold them accountable. More funding for music, the arts, and cultural diversity classes to give students from disadvantaged backgrounds pride in their learning. Rote memorization of math and science isn't really learning and doesn't do anything for students' self esteem. Unfortunately we will never have enough funding to achieve that and our countries school funding rate lags behind places like somalia and north korea.
2012-05-31 12:21:38 AM  
1 votes:
I've already banned the test.
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