I do my share of ragging on our school board. I imagine every teacher, every employee of the system, can find something to complain about at one time or another.
But when they do something right – and then get backed up by our county board as well – I’m glad to give them the credit.
A couple of weeks ago, the board voted to tell the feds to take a hike by refusing to require the thousands of non-English speaking kids attending our schools to take standardized tests that their teachers knew they would fail.
And, of course, the schools attended by those students would then also be penalized and declared failures in need of improvement under the ever inflexible rules of No Child Left Behind.
It makes no educational sense to assume that all students learn at the same pace, but that’s exactly what NCLB requires.
However, it’s just plain stupid to assume that students who are learning to speak a new language along with everything else should pass the same tests as those who have speaking English all their lives.
She hauls out the same old crap about “soft bigotry” and tosses in the “I’m a parent too” business. But none of what she has to say hides the fact that NCLB is an over-simplified, one-size-fits-all approach to education.
Now, if the two boards could just figure out that a 2% raise does not cover the “cost of living”, especially in the DC area, I might have good things to say about them more often.