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No Child Left Behind--feh!

Here's another quiz snurched from CKO. It was cute if overwrought.

The Fairy Princess

You are youthful, cheery, and exuberant with a
sunny disposition and a mischievous sense of
humor. You are very lively and are always up
for a good bit of fun. You have a deep love of
nature and animals.

Role Model: Titania

You are most likely to: Convert a pumpkin into a
useful mode of transportation.

What Kind of Princess are You? - Beautiful Artwork (Original Music is BACK!!!)
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This post is my quarterly rant about NCLB -- the silliest thing to hit Montgomery County.

My school system has decided to change the way it grades kids into an all or nothing proposition. Now that sounds great on paper--we are going to grade kids only on what they produce measured by county-wide tests on every unit. The lowest grade you can get is a 50 out of 100 which is an F (or E in our county because we don't want to traumatize poor souls). Homework doesn't count only it does. No more consideration of class participation or effort. Sounds fair? It equalizes out the good and bad schools in the county--those with money vs. those without. those with parents who work with their kids and those with immigrant parents who can't due to language or work. BUT, the way it is implemented is just unfair.

There is no more weighting of grades. So those homework grades are practically equivalent of quiz grades. A child is not measured overtly because the teachers are no longer allowed to add points for children who show they know the work through oral presentation but might be having trouble with organization skills thus failing to turn in work or realize that they have to make up work they miss through absences. Yes, I'm speaking of my children. There is no leaway for a new middle schooler in GT classes who hasn't gotten the knack of organizing herself--you flunk if you don't turn in work--period. So now daughter is afraid to ask for help.

Yes, I'm considering testing for ADD because older daughter has it and younger one shows the same lack of impulse control and the anxiety caused by a school system that has decided it will only offer round holes. If it is determined that H has ADD I can get a 504 plan that does provide the support of reminders, notes, and smaller chunks of instructions. So why isn't this the way that school is taught? Children grow at different speeds. Some need more support than others. Mine seem to need personal attention -- some sort of reminder system because simply assuming that in the chaos of beginning of class that they have the ability to write down assignments, hand in their homework, and get ready for learning all at the same time isn't working. AND 4 minutes between class equals forgotten books and hasty collecting of materials. Some kids thrive on this but mine don't. They get anxious and scared and then stop asking for help. I can see it coming.

Older daughter seems to be pulling herself together, finally. We have the support of 504 plans that allow us to push the school system--such as the ability to choose teachers based on their ability to empathize and support those kids like mine who need something extra to produce. L thrives on the classes that allow her to express herself in many different ways. She is finally successful most of the time (we still have missing homework assignments but fewer). H is beginning and fumbling but there is no leway for fumbling. All or nothing doesn't work.

End of rant. I know there are lots of teachers on my flist. What is your take on NCLB. Am I being unfair or too easy on my girls?


Oh man I would have pulled all my hair out if I had to wait for the rest of the class to pass something before going on to the next subject. Ergh! Why does the majority have to rule when it comes to curriculum and grading policies? It leads to weird stuff like the Kansas science curriculum decisions and what you describe during your high school.

Thanks for the well wishes. H is bright and highly motivated/competitive and she will thrive. We just have to give her the tools and make sure that the system doesn't impeed her too much.