With Martin Luther King, Jr. day over, regents exams begin in one week.
Students will have a week off for Mid-winter break beginning February 15 and another week off the last week of March for Spring Recess.
After that testing begins and school is pretty much over.
However, with the exception of the Regent’s exam notices on the Rochester City School District calendar, there is no mention of Common Core practice testing, benchmark testing, testing, or post test procedures.
There is no mention on the calendar of preparation time or down time for students who “opt out” of testing.
As things progress as usual, it is understandable that veteran teachers simply close their doors and instruct their students in the best way they know how to get them ready to pass tests they know have no relevant bearing on student outcomes or intelligence.
Each year teacher’s hopes are raised by the multitude of community groups that rally behind them in their plight to end the continuous educational failure of our children.
Each year as the school year progresses they realize that nothing has changed and they must continue in their subterfuge just as the district continues in theirs.
The transparency that is touted by the district is masked in the green opaque paper received from the State to maintain the status quo, failure.
What is transparent is the knowledge of how best to educate every child.
There was a time when teachers were taught the Montessori method of education. This method proved its success in every venue, poor urban communities, middle class suburban communities, and affluent communities.
Teacher colleges now force common core training and instructional methods into their curriculum.
Teachers are not allowed to bring their own gifts and talents into the classroom in order to show their students that they too are wonderfully gifted and talented.
What is crystal clear that every child deserves a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged, citizen.
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