I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What Have We Become?

Seriously - what the hell is wrong with us?
A high school in La Palma, California, is coming under fire for a system that publicly identifies and treats students differently according to their scores on the state standardized tests. Students who perform at the highest levels in all subjects receive a black or platinum ID card, while those who score a mix of proficient and advanced receive a gold card. Students who score "basic" or below receive a white ID card. Students with black or gold cards get certain privileges, such as free entrance to sporting events and discounts at local business events. Those with white ID cards get no such privileges, and have a designated line in the cafeteria, while the elite black and gold cardholders have a different line. The majority of students at the school have white cards, so guess which line is longer?
A school administrator reportedly advised female students at an assembly to go to dances with boys with black cards rather than white cards.
We aren't teaching kids to think; we're teaching obedience: "Think the way we tell you to think, and you will be rewarded with the removal of your scarlet letter."

This is disgusting. And no one wants to think for a minute about whether those tests are worth a bucket of spit. We are willingly becoming a nation of sheep, led to the slaughter by a school system that values test scores over basic human dignity.

Let George explain it:

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