Moratorium on Standardized Testing - New Paradigms to Try

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On April 9th from 4-5 PM (PST), Dr.Robert Rose will be discussing a “Moratorium on Standardized Testing.” It will be on the Internet radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icdrrose. He will explain Dr.James Popham’s essay –- Testing a Stacked Deck –- and how the political uses and emphasis on testing has destroyed teacher morale, labeled millions of capable students as stupid and failures, and kept many mired in the culture of poverty and hopelessness.

On April 9th from 4-5 PM (PST), Dr.Robert Rose will be discussing a “Moratorium on Standardized Testing.” It will be on the Internet radio http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icdrrose. He will explain Dr.James Popham’s essay –Testing a Stacked Deck – and how the political uses and emphasis on testing has destroyed teacher morale, labeled millions of capable students as stupid and failures, and kept many mired in the culture of poverty and hopelessness.

Besides being educationally unsound to determine a student, a teacher, a school, or a district’s real achievements based on one measure, this is not necessary. Quoting from George Lucas’ Edutopia and super teachers from http://www.teachers.net, he will discuss the programs that prove there’s much more to education than the 3 R’s.

A Teacher of the Year in 1989 for his work with at-risk students, he is the author of many educational books such as Joy of Teaching: They Touched My Life - awarded Best Education Book of 2009 by Readers Favorite. The Complete Teacher, 2009, (both on Amazon) is used with his teachers in training and the basis of his radio show. He will offer solutions to the testing behemoth’s misuse of money and precious education time.

Rose states that many of the problems in education are due to minds locked in the status quo of beliefs and behaviors that were effective in the 19th and 20th Centuries, but are inadequate to meet the complex problems of the 21st. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and legislators all share part of the blame and he focuses on what are realistic, attainable responsibilities for each. A national campaign for the Moratorium will be proposed.

Although familiar with most education theories and practices, Rose has spent 50 years challenging what didn’t work and isn’t working now. He claims that people get stuck in unworkable beliefs and can’t get out of them because they keep asking the wrong questions that result in solutions that don’t work. His questions led to effective solutions.

By taking ideas and concepts from many other disciplines besides education, he has been successful in teaching in every grade with every type of student from every type of background and social class. It’s not rocket science, but a belief in democratic ideals and their realization by truly focusing on one student at a time (and recognizing his uniqueness and intrinsic value) while developing his class into a safe place where all of them can cooperate and make improvements in all their abilities.

This will be a paradigm shift in thinking for many and could inspire the kinds of thinking about education that could finally utilize the greatness that is there in the people and the structures of American schools and homes.

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