We need more local school officials and parents who think like this woman.
“Accountability is a good thing. Learning standards are a good thing. But is focusing on one test a fair measure of student success? I think that answer is, ‘No,’ ” said Laura Salomons, a School Committee member since May and a mother of four.
Salomons has submitted a proposal that seeks community support for allowing teachers to avoid tailoring their lessons to the MCAS. Instead, she would like to see teachers directed to instruct students on skills the district has deemed necessary for survival in the 21st century, including critical thinking, invention, problem-solving, and multicultural collaboration.
“I have come to the conclusion that we, as a school district, may be overly consumed with doing well on MCAS,” Salomons began in her eight-page proposal. “The focus is a detriment to reaching the school committee and superintendent’s goal of ‘providing students with . . . learning opportunities that encourage lifelong learning skills and that support a student’s artistic, social, emotional and physical development.’ “
Let’s face it. We do need to assess student learning. We certainly need accountability for teachers and schools.
What we don’t need is the idiotic concept embedded in No Child Left Behind which assumes every student, every classroom, every school is exactly alike.
And the even worse idea that our current educational structure and curriculum is still going to work in a world that is completely different from the one in which it was created.