Saturday, April 28, 2007

"A travesty"

Charter school proponent Bob Luddy is talking about the state's testing program.

Comparing results from the North Carolina End of Grade test with the nationally-standardized Iowa Test of Basic Skills, in 1999 the EOG results in the mid-70's translated to ITBS score in the mid-40's. I have pointed this out on several occasions, but private- and homeschool students in this state are required to take nationally standardized tests like the ITBS, but public school students sit for exams developed and normed right here.

"In any other terms, this test is pure fraud," said Luddy. "It is a great travesty."

Luddy counts the N.C. Association of Educators as a union-like organization "which lobbies full-time against the student." He said it is not just that our students are not learning, but we are destroying their character. One slide quotes Walt Whitman: "Are not the processes of culture rapidly creating a class of supercilious infidels who belive in nothing?"

Government schools are socialistic, insofar as the government controls the means of production. Luddy says "Charters are a good step forward ..." I'm waiting to see what the goal is.


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