Standards and high-stakes testing issues create strange bedfellows: Many conservative parents are against the tests on the grounds of too much federal intrusion and too many liberal agendas in the content; so-called liberal parents object to the idea of this type of test as a matter of principle. Both groups decry the way the tests have distorted curriculum and changed theStandards and high-stakes testing issues create strange bedfellows: Many conservative parents are against the tests on the grounds of too much federal intrusion and too many liberal agendas in the content; so-called liberal parents object to the idea of this type of test as a matter of principle. Both groups decry the way the tests have distorted curriculum and changed the values of kids. The bottom line is: There is no one, right or left who doesn't advocate some type of educational reform when it comes to standards. What Happened to Recess and Why is My Child Struggling in Kindergarten? will analyze the mania for testing children, explaining why a child's passing from fourth to fifth grade, or receiving a high school diploma, depends upon a set of tests. The book will also explain what parents who are joined in grass roots movements around the country are doing to empower themselves, change public policy on education, and protect their children. The audience is parents who want an insider's view of the educational system, and teachers and administrators who want to know how to explain these issue to parents when they ask. The book is anecdotal, drawing on the author's 20 years...
|Title||:||What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?|
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What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? Reviews
After visiting Ohanian's website, I wanted to read more of her work. However much I agree with the premise of this book,(standardized testing is out of hand, No Child Left Behind has had a dreadful effect on students and teachers, and business has far too great a voice in current public education,) I was frustrated by the relentlessly anecdotal nature of the supporting data and the repetition from chapter to chapter. Too much preaching to the choir and too many parts left out - for instance, a chapter deriding Algebra on the basis that few people use higher math in their lives. I didn't find that much of an argument for removing Algebra from the high school curriculum, although the extent to which fourth and fifth graders are expected to take tests on it to the exclusion of knowing basic arithmetic facts is certainly ridiculous. I also had a dreadful feeling that despite the struggles against NCLB and testing detailed in this 2003 book, we appear to have capitulated to the testers and to business expectations of education in 2011, when even a Democratic president thinks that education's role is to better our economy.
While this book is slightly out-dated, I found the information in it helpful, but presented a bit defensively. The author obviously has a chip on her shoulder from past experiences as an educator. Her biggest complaint is with standardized testing and states who spend classroom time preparing kids for the test instead of teaching them to love learning. She does make some valid points, but her arguments is definitely too emotionally backed.
Another call-to-arms from Susan Ohanian-- this one about the push for more academics at an earlier age, the crowding out of what what kids really need (engagement, joy, fresh air), and the devastating effect of high stakes standardized testing on our educational system. Although it was written in 2002, things have only gotten worse. Prepare to be outraged.
IF you have to put your kids in public schools, boycott the standardized tests! They are taking over the curriculum, are not fair, and stressing kids. Not only that but I'll bet no politician could pass them!
Very alarmist...I had a hard time deciphering the facts from her emotions. She made some good points, but overall her highly emotional language and use of single case examples was so distracting that it was hard to take her seriously.
I understand her point but all the "stories" presented as fact with no support or proof were a waste.