Last month of school is testing and wrapping up final big projects. We are told not to teach to the test but the students and teachers are penalized for not doing well on the test created by the State. People, this type of high stakes testing is useless....truly. The only ones getting an advantage out of it are the ones creating the test and charging the schools. The standardized test actually make more money if students fail so it is in the test makers best interest to write the test in such away that more students fail. Then the students are labeled as failures and kept from scholarships, university and other opportunities because they were set up to fail on the high stakes test. I struggle this time of year seeing how ridiculous it is yet knowing the students need to do well on the tests. I also watch students struggling through the exams knowing then won't do well. Thanks to "no student left behind" other options are no long open for students that need a different path. I get frustrated and discouraged watching the ridiculous things students and teachers are expected to do to appease people that could care less then complain that schools are failing. It is a vicious downward circle that every once in a while we fight back and win. A student catches the vision that their dream is possible. One year we had a couple of students show me their business license. Two high school young ladies starting their own business is my goal not passing some manipulated test.
Shout out to my friends in Canada that were kind enough to send us some of their cold weather. I am not ready for triple digit weather. Thanks, much cooler tonight. :)