What the Bushies “Fail to Acknowledge”

While the Ocala Star-Banner published the effort of Jeb Bush mouthpiece Matt Lander this morning, editor Brad Rogers clearly doesn’t agree with him. Writes Rogers:

What Ladner and his associates fail to acknowledge, though, is what has been sacrificed in the name of FCAT success. Huge numbers of children have been denied electives so they can be warehoused in remediation classes, decimating bands, athletic teams, and what’s left of our music and art programs. School districts like ours have had to create massive mini-bureaucracies to prepare administer and follow-up on FCAT. And all the while, students, teachers, principals and parents suffer palatable angst throughout the year in fear of “failing” FCAT.

FCAT is a necessary tool for assessment and accountability within our schools. On that you will find little disagreement. But if we are going to have a conversation about how to improve it, it can’t be just about the data, it has to be about children and well-rounded education too. There’s more to succeeding in Florida’s schools than passing FCAT.

The Star-Banner’s editor has taken Ladner to the woodshed. Rogers knows that FCAT and the rest of the high-stakes test regime that Ladner and his boss have forced onto Florida is the only thing that matters. Saying education has improved because test scores have improved because of well, testing, no longer passes the smell test.



About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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