Is this testing culture promoting inequity in education?

Education is my business, and equity in education is my passion; equity for students and teachers as well.

For students, I demand access to all content areas, not water-down curriculum. For teachers, differentiate staff development, unbiased hearts and contentment.

Here is my thesis: if students have access to academic content that is rigorous and nourishing, (and the operative word here is ACCESS) students would stand tall and demonstrate achievement in those content areas. Competent educators who have unbiased and content hearts skillfully impart that knowledge, making it accessible to students.

Sadly, not many of our educators can say that they are unbiased or have content hearts. Our educators DO NOT have choices.  Instruction in our public schools is turning into a math formula: show the standard, teach the standard, and administer the test. I think standards are necessary, however, they should serve as a guideline and/or baseline, but there is so much more to learn!

Let’s think of United States History for example. I would love to have the time to engage my students in debates about the usefulness or morals of The Manifest Destiny and integrate it with Language Arts and have them write from different points of view and come up with a class thesis on the subject.  However,  I only had  2 weeks to “cover all the standards under the “Territorial Expansion Unit” before I had to “test”.  Furthermore, point of view was not an objective for this time period. It aggravates me not to have a choice about when to teach what. It also infuriates me that I have to thrust upon my students into memorizing stuff without thinking. Thinking requires TIME! Time to wrestle with authors’ ideas and to form your own. Isn’t that what education ought to be? Isn’t the outcome of education to provide the world with innovative thinkers? How the problems of our world would be solved if we don’t have time to think?


About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
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