Thompson: No Real Relief From "Teaching The Test" In SOTU
Teachers know how to "take one for the team." Had President Obama chosen to look tough in his State of the Union Address by labeling teachers as pointy-headed intellectuals, or borrowed from Oklahoma’s former Republican governor by calling us "slugs," I would have said that that’s politics. But President Obama should not insult our intelligence by saying that we should "teach with creativity and passion," and "stop teaching to the test," when his policies make it inevitable that more bubble-in test prep will result. Throwing a couple of gratuitous insults at educators would have gotten him the political points he sought. However, he did not need to condemn our students to more educational malpractice. So, teachers like me will swallow our anger and help re-eelect our president. Next term, we will work within the system to ameliorate the damage done by Obama's tougher, meaner version of NCLB. We will thus do what teachers have always done, shake off the insults, and make the compromises necessary to help kids.- JT (@drjohnthompson)Image via.