Re: Teacher Testing Boycott for Spring?
- Subject: Re: Teacher Testing Boycott for Spring?
- From: Glenn <jglenn@MC-ONLINE.NET>
- Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2001 08:24:13 -0500
- Reply-to: Assessment Reform Network Mailing List <ARN-L@LISTS.CUA.EDU>
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> << Nothing's changed. Y'know, teachers give the tests. if all the
> didn't give the tests, even for one year, that would be a good thing and
> no one would get fired (or we all would). >>
> Anyone have an opnion as to why this is not happening?
> George Schmidt
Fear, I think.
I admit to taking the easy way out of giving the tests: I'm having a baby
next month & will be out for the rest of the year! ;)
Seriously, though, a lot of teacher attitudes-- in my experience in three
vastly differehnt rural North Carolina school systems only (thought I'd
better add that disclaimer)-- is based on fear. Why don't we stand up to
the principal and tell him that if we're going to be on our feet all day, we
can darn well wear tennis shoes (this is the current hot topic at my school
but no one will actually bring it up at a faculty meeting for fear of making
the "Bad Teachers' List")? We're afraid... afraid that the petty political
machinations of the typical public school will make our lives a living hell.
Of course, I work in a state with no union and basically no protection for
teachers-- maybe it's different elsewhere.
I did say flatly to my principal this year that I would not give the End of
Grade tests any longer. His response was that if I planned to refuse to
give them, I should start looking for a new job. It's a very real, very
serious threat-- I suppose I would be accused of dereliction of duties or
insubordination or something along those lines, and as a new teacher (less
than 4 years experience), I'd have no grounds for appeal... they can fire me
because they don't like my hair do and I sense that the no-testing statement
is a bit more serious than that.
Anyway, long winded response, my vote as to why teachers aren't boycotting
the tests is fear.
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