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Friday, June 10, 2011

The Immovable Object vs. the Unstoppable Force

The narrative seems to be boiling down to a showdown.

The Immovable Object: Mathematics
see also:
Paul Lockhart
Ellen Kaplan
George Polya
Andrei Toom
Michael Serra
Dan Meyer
Vi Hart
Jo Baoler
m-f'ing etcetera

The Unstoppable Force: Poorly-Written Purpose-Confused Tests with Non-Existent Validity
see also:
The College Board
Pearson/Prentice Hall
Bill Gates
The New York State Board of Regents
Governor Cuomo
The U.S. Department of Education
President Obama
The US Governor's Association
The Common Core common computer-based assessments : coming soon to a misery factory I mean school near you!

Until now, reasonable, effective, educated, brain-in-their-head math teachers have been able to shut their doors and concentrate on the immovable object.

But now, New York gets APPR (crammed down our throats, lawsuit-pending)? (40% of teacher evaluations based on student-progress-no-we-don't-really-know-what-that-means-yet-and-stop-asking!) Which I think means if we keep ignoring the unstoppable force, we get to lose our jobs.

Anyone get the number to that truck driving school? TruckMasters, I think it was called?