Great response from blogger Peter Greene on the National PTA's stance on standardized testing.
In what universe can we expect to find sad, unemployed men and women sitting in their van down by the river saying ruefully, "If only I had taken that big standardized test in school. Then my life would have turned out differently."
The number of schools punished for low participation rates is zero, which is roughly the same number as the number of politicians willing to tell parents that their school is going to lose funding because they exercised their legal rights.
Did the PTA cave because they get a boatload of money from Bill Gates? Who knows. But what is clear is that when Sevier writes "National PTA strongly advocates for and continues to support increased inclusion of the parent voice in educational decision making at all levels," what she means is that parents should play nice, follow the government's rules, and count on policy makers to Do The Right Thing.School shooting in Cincinnati yesterday at a middle/high school when an 8th grader stood up and starting shooting (luckily no one was killed). It was the 10th school shooting in 2016.
Yesterday was the last day of Black History Month but I just saw this piece on 60 Minutes about the National Museum of African American History and Culture which will be opened this September by President Obama. It's a wonderful segment with many moving artifacts shown. Share this with your kids.
Lonnie Bunch: I don't think America is ever ready to have the conversation around race based on what we see around the landscape, whether it's Ferguson or other places, that people are really ready to shine the light on all the dark corners of the American experience. But I hope this museum will help in a small way to do that.
Scott Pelley: This is not the American Museum of Slavery?
Lonnie Bunch: This is not the Museum of Tragedy. It is not the Museum of Difficult Moments. It is the museum that says, "Here is a balanced history of America that allows us to cry and smile."What's on your mind?