IN HONOR OF FOOLS …

I found this cartoon yesterday on Facebook. Yes, Facebook and let’s not hear anything more about it, please.

It sums up exactly how I feel the fools “up there” in the thrones of power are destroying education in this country. It’s only funny if you think it’s okay that we have a whole generation of kids coming through a system that does not allow them to learn.

our education system

They are passing tests. If they learn, it is in spite of the system, not because of it.


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Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

28 thoughts on “IN HONOR OF FOOLS …”

  1. When I was in school many years ago, we had two sets of exams – the NYS Regents Exams and the regular school exams. Students could choose either, but college-bound students had a better chance of getting into the school of their choice by acing the Regents Exams and getting a Regents degree instead of the regular degree.

    Maybe schools today should offer the same option – a choice of exams to be taken.

    While I agree that not all students learn at the same rate or level, taking state-level exams never hurt me or my kids, so I have mixed feelings about them.

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    1. That’s the system with which I also grew up. You really needed a Regent’s diploma to get into a 4-year college. But. The Regents exams were (are?) based on stuff you studied in classes. They tested your understanding, your grasp of the subject matter. The classes were NOT designed exclusively to enable you to pass the exams. It’s an enormous difference in the intent of the educational system. In the case of the Regents, The examinations test what you learned in classes. In the other, the entire structure of the classes — of school — is to teach you how to pass the exam.

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      1. And that’s why, except for the comment I already made, I’m pretty much trying to stay away from the whole issue. All I really know at this point is that our local school district is threatening to boycott the state tests, which will mean the state funding will be cut off, which will mean my school tax will go up about $1500 a year, and I really can’t afford that. And I’m not old enough yet to qualify for the senior exemption.

        I wouldn’t even mind that so much, except that from what I’ve seen around my neighborhood, the kids don’t even go to school half the time (and these are elementary and middle school kids).

        I know that’s a whole different issue than the one currently in play. But maybe if the kids actually showed up in school, the teachers would have a better chance of teaching them properly, whether it be with a view towards passing a test or towards demonstrating acquired knowledge.

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        1. We don’t have a senior exemption around here. We pay just as if we had a passel of kids in school. Given the way teachers are being forced to teach, it’s no wonder the kids don’t want to be there. The more horrible it gets in school, the more kids will do their best to avoid it. If teachers aren’t allowed to teach and students have no chance of learning, the whole system falls to pieces. Which is what it is doing, at great cost to all of us. Our taxes have tripled in the past 5 years.

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  2. The saying goes that if you see a turtle sitting atop a fence post you know he had help getting there.
    The fish might make it up the tree but not on his own.

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  3. I grew up in the postwar years, there were 50 of us in the class with one teacher because all the men came home from the war at the same time, including my dad. It was the survival of the … I don’t know what, but many were thrown to the wayside. I take it the monkey won, but they always do I suppose. Of course, it could have been the bird, but he doesn’t climb.

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    1. The system here has gotten so bad that surviving it is a matter of being good at whatever they are testing for. It no long has anything to do with learning. I’m sure, eventually, they will go back to education, or whatever the next trend is. In the meantime, a lot of kids will be lost along the way.

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  4. Interesting to have a post about a fish since on April 1st the French tradition is to hnag a fish (paper) in the back of someone. The goal being for the recipient is to remain unaware of it. We say Poisson d’Avril and not April’s Fool.

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  5. Oh, man! We in the teaching world have been sharing this for YEARS. Along with the one that says, “If I want my pig to gain weight, I feed him more. I don’t just weigh him more often.”

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    1. What’s going on in the school system is so appalling. I’m relieved my granddaughter is graduating next month. It was a close call. I hope the people pushing this anti-education agenda will disappear, retire, vanish. Anything, just get out of the way before the damage is irreparable. They — whoever they are — are doing incalculable harm. But, of course, I’m preaching to the choir.

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