So it’s either a marketing faux pas or propaganda. Check out the main page for Friendship Schools in DC http://www.friendshipschools.org/. You have to wait until the scrolling marquis gets through several staged photos of the students. You will see a young child reading a book. The photographer is behind her, and she is reading Early Childhood Philosophy. She looks like she is about 8. I wonder what the Lexile score is on that TEXT is. ?! And why are we calling everything texts? What ever happened to stories for 5 year olds and literature?
My life changed course twice this year. The first time was when I decided to go back to school…to get a doctorate and fight for all the things that have bothered me since I became a public school school psychologist. It’s not about the letters behind my name. I just want to know more. I need to know. Especially if I am going to be the voice for those that are too tired, too young, or too hurt to speak out.
The second instance was when I sat on waiver committees for high school students. When you look into the eyes of a student who has worked hard all semester, maintained a 95% average! participated in discussion and turned all his work in, then you will know the heartache of sitting on the other side of the table. I was a committee of 4 and he and his dad had waited for 3 hours. It took us 5 minutes. He had spent the weekend worrying about flunking an exam and feeling crushed and worried that he couldn’t pass. A good kid held hostage to the gloom of failure. I could sense it. And that is not only my training, but my nature. I love all kids. I work with all kids. I see the twitch and fumble as they try to read passages that are too hard. I see them face failure every day; craving success. And I see some rise beyond the shadow and others who fall beneath it. I fight for them all. I am not blaming teachers or educators. I blame the CCSS rollout and incessant test prep high stakes rigor mentality. Some times we should be able to stop, teach, learn and love.
Just thinking how unusual it is that states can contract with corporations to manage data and create assessments when there is also so much talk about how there is no money in education. It seems as though we our talking out of both sides of our mouth?