Standardized tests results are typically too general to be useful in every day teaching activities (Educating Students with Behavior Disorders, p. 135, Rosenberg et al, Pearson, 2004 )
“Every student is a young plant which we, the teachers, must water and nurture to make sure it will grow into a magnificent specimen of our society” (The Author)
What’s with modern students? Is it me, too old to adapt or are the social mores changing so much? Even teen girls pepper their language with the f.. bomb, as if using an everyday term (it is for them, apparently) and none of the boys seems shocked or taken aback by such vulgarity. That’s for those who speak English with their friends; for the rest who use Spanish, the majority, the vocabulary is just as bad if not worse in a school that harbors 97% of Hispanic students .
While the national conversation about education would never be the same, stunningly few of the Commission’s recommendations actually have been enacted. Now is not the time for more educational research or reports or commissions. We have enough commonsense ideas, backed by decades of research, to significantly improve American schools. The missing ingredient isn’t even educational at all. It’s political. Too often, state and local leaders have tried to enact reforms of the kind recommended in A Nation at Risk only to be stymied by organized special interests and political inertia. Without vigorous national leadership to improve education, states and local school systems simply cannot overcome the obstacles to making the big changes necessary to significantly improve our nation’s K-12 schools (Wikipedia)