Koonlaba: What do you think about the kindergarten controversy?

In “The Kindergarten Dilemma,” Judy Smizik reflects on her thirty-five years as a Kindergarten teacher. She asserts, “Kindergarten exposed children to the world around them through creative experiences that incorporated the arts, rich literature, and meaningful learning. It addressed the needs of the “whole” child.  Kindergarten programs were developed to allow for the differences that naturally occur in […]

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Open Mic Q & A with MS Legislators and University Higher Ed 

This is a very brief summary of what was discussed during this panel session, and it may have errors. I apologize in advance. People talk fast. Video of the full panel discussion will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.   (From Left to Right) Senator Bill Stone, Marshall and Tate […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing (Full Blog Series List)

By James Comans There are several things about standardized testing in Mississippi that you, the taxpayer, probably don’t know. It’s not because nobody knows it’s happening, or because we educators don’t want you to know… It’s just kind of like “Fight Club”… we are not supposed to talk about it.  So, in this blog series, I did […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #7: The Worship of Testing Undermines Real Solutions

By James Comans Welcome to the last of “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.”  Today, I’d like to take a look at the consequences of trusting too much in the power of standardized testing.  Hidden Truth #7: The worship of testing undermines real solutions Testing doesn’t actually fix anything. Assessment is useful information. It’s valuable for […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #6: Testing Materials are Top Secret

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing.” Last time, we discussed the negative impact the modern testing culture is having on teacher health. Today: What’s going on between your child and that computer screen? Hidden Truth #6: Testing materials are Top Secret.  We’ve talked about lots of hidden truths of testing […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #4: Testing your kid is a BIG Business for Somebody

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” a blog series for MSEdBlog examining standardized testing in Mississippi. Last time, I discussed the negative effects the modern testing culture has on teaching as a profession. Today, it’s all about the money. Truth #4: Standardized testing these days is a BIG business. It’s estimated standardized […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #3: Teachers Become Liars, Cheaters, and Thieves

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” in which we examine the realities of standardized testing in Mississippi from the educator’s point of view. It’s not filtered research from a corporation; it’s not a scientific study from a government agency. It’s just testimony from the people seeing it happen on the […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #2: Testing Experiences Vary Widely

By James Comans Welcome back to “7 Hidden Truths of Testing,” in which we examine the realities of standardized testing in Mississippi from the educator’s point of view. This is not filtered research from a corporation; it’s not a scientific study from a government agency. It’s just testimony from the people seeing it happen on […]

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7 Hidden Truths of Testing, #1: Learning is Disrupted

By James Comans Welcome to an MSEdBlog series this week called 7 Hidden Truths of Testing. In this series, I’m going to tell you 7 things about standardized testing in Mississippi that you, the taxpayer, probably don’t know. It’s not because nobody knows it’s happening, or because we educators don’t want you to know… It’s just kind of like Fight […]

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Let’s Tackle Testing: 3 reasons to read Todd Farley’s “Making the Grades”

By James Comans Standardized testing is a huge issue in American education today. Big Testing companies are so heavily involved in influencing policy that sooner or later, Mississippi parents, educators, and lawmakers will have to discuss it. For real. Right now, we’re fighting over funding for our schools, but eventually, we’re going to have to talk […]

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