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Falls school holds rally for the mind

April 20, 2013

NEWTON FALLS — A special guest incited deafening cheers Friday during a rally in preparation for upcoming state testing....

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Apr-20-13 3:46 PM

Defeatsbb5 is the only one who makes sense.

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Apr-20-13 2:04 PM

And whether the word used was "gone" or "done" makes no difference. The key words are "wicked" and "test."

I know this is a minor issue, but I'm surprised that a school would endorse the description of any test as wicked. But then again, I know someone who works in the E Liverpool school district, where they had a "Dress up like a Senior Citizen Day." Stereotyping? Agism? Seems like a very bad idea to me.

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Apr-20-13 2:02 PM

I disagree. By calling any test "wicked," they are traumatizing students in regards to any future tests. Tests are wicked. That is what the students are taking away from the little jingle.

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Apr-20-13 10:18 AM

until you reach a level of expense at which performance begins to drop off -- and there's the sweet spot for business, max return on min expense.

But I digress.

There is way more to a school than can be tested with a pencil and paper. And these professional educators know that.

And that's what they're trying to preserve -- an education that aims at developing the whole person, not just the part that thrives in a pencil-paper situation.

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Apr-20-13 10:12 AM

"Ding, dong, the test is done ... ding, dong, the wicked test is done,"

Direct quote. Nothing about "gone" here. Educators, faced with preparing some very young children for the pressures of high-stakes testing are trying to neutralize some of the trauma of that experience.

The entire high-stakes testing movement, especially on the elementary level, is a politicized sham, anyway, especially when the results are tied to educator compensation, in particular, and school funding, in general.

The rationale goes something like this: if students are failing to meet standards, as measured by high-stakes testing, then why waste more funds throwing good money after bad? And if they are meeting standards, as measure by high-stakes tests, then they're getting the job done, and, anyone with any business sense knows that if you're getting the job done at a certain cost, not only do you NOT increase expenditures toward that goal, but you cut expenses,

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Apr-20-13 9:49 AM

I agree. As a teacher, I would never tell my kids how awful tests are or that they are bad. They are a way of measuring how well students have learned the material. I try to help students who deal with test anxiety on a regular basis. I work to build thei confidence in knowing that they have learned the material well enough to answer the questions.

Tests are not evil, but necessary tools in measuring a child's progress. I guess that the spelling test children take each week are evil spelling tests and the test that we give in math to develop their skills are evil also.

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Apr-20-13 6:26 AM

"Ding dong, the wicked test is gone." What is that teaching the students? It is teaching them that tests are wicked. The only thing that will achieve is to give the children a complex every time they are scheduled to take a "wicked" test. Maybe someone on staff thought it was funny, but I don't think it's the right way to help them perform their best on this test, or any other test they'll take the rest of their young lives.

Should they sing a song about going to the "wicked" doctor? Maybe one about going to "wicked" Aunt Rose, who always smells odd. They should prepare these students with positive emotional direction, not negative, even if someone thinks it's funny.

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