RIP The Week That Was Wasted

Dear students,The anti-education
I’m sorry. I’m sorry we wasted your time this week. Sorry you had to sit and wait and wait and wait while your peers finished the exam that takes everything else you do in school and belittles it. Sorry you’ve been brought up in the generation of test, test, test where teach, teach, teach means nothing unless it culminates in Commended.
I’m sorry I had to look at you and say “no talking, no questions, no, no, no” unless, of course, your question was could you read a book when you were done.
I’m sorry I had to break out the teacher look when the entire class was done within 90 minutes, and yet you had to sit silently for 4 hours in your perfect little rows of 5X5, facing forward in classrooms covered in butcher paper so you wouldn’t actually learn something.
I’m sorry the politicians we elected listened to business owners and testing companies instead of educators about how best to ensure you are learning.
I’m sorry I didn’t stand up earlier and say enough is enough.
I’m sorry I didn’t educate your parents on what the test-only culture was doing to our classrooms.
I’m afraid now I might be too late. But I won’t be silent, and neither will most of your other teachers.
Something has to change. I’m sorry it won’t change in time to make a difference for you.
And, yes, I realize the test is done. I realize that you’ve been brought up in a culture that says the test is all that matters. But, dear students, that is wrong. And while the test is done, class is not.
I’ll see you Monday. I might not be able to recapture a week of lost learning, but for the next four weeks, we’re going to learn without the pressures of the test. Hopefully, the teacher look can be put away until next year’s week of no, no, no. No learning, no questions, no real answers other than A, B, C, D.
If you’d like to bring a book for downtime, AWESOME. I have some suggestions for you, and our library is fantastic.
Perhaps we’ll have a wake for the week that was wasted.

5 responses to “RIP The Week That Was Wasted

  1. You are doing so much for teachers, parents, education–and most of all, the ones who matter–students. I hold the same views, but don’t express them as well. This one gave me goosebumps. Carry on–please!

  2. I have been teaching 41 years. A of this testing takes so many days out of each school year that is a miracle that the kids do as well as they do!! It is ridiculous that we allow people who have not been in a classroom (since they were students) determine what goes on in that classroom. I’m also sick of administrators jumping for any “educational” gimmick that comes along. Just let us get back to teaching!!! Enough is enough! Just get out of the way and let us teach!!!

  3. I agree and have been very vocal for 2 years. I’m so glad I’m not alone. I’m happy for social media. The emperor is buck naked, everyone in education knows it. I’m afraid everyone knows it, but the money is just too powerful

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