Friday, January 13, 2006

dumb, dumb, dumbing down

From Yahoo news:

HOUSTON - Houston became the largest school district in the country on Thursday to adopt a merit pay plan for teachers that focuses on students' tests scores

By a 9-0 vote, the Houston school board approved a plan that offers teachers as much as $3,000 in extra pay if their students improve on state and national tests. The program could be expanded to provide as much as $10,000 in merit pay for teachers.

so now they are going to bribe teachers to make sure that they stop fighting the "teaching to the test" approach. this is the last hope. if teachers are willing to sell out their beliefs in true education- teaching children to think through and about things instead of just memorizing facts and other people's (mostly white men's) thoughts and ideas- then there is little left to work with.

our chbildren deserve more then this!

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