I am so relieved about students boycotting these tests. I am 74 years of age and was never subjected to these awful examinations. Oddly enough, the overall academic performance of schools in my time was higher. The source of lower academic performance is the shrinking of resources, the persecution of teachers and the neglect of schools. To get a decent education in San Francisco, one is admitted to an elite school as Lowell or goes to a parochial or private school. In response to lower academic performance, the testing industry stepped in with the tests being used to guage academic performance. Now, teachers build their instruction around test performance with their livelihood being based on how well students do in tests. School closures are based on test performance with charter schools filling a vacuum. Ofcourse, tax dollars pay for these charter schools. This is a scandal and destruction of intellectual resources which student protests are stopping. Students are, in fact, smarter than adults, especially those who run charter schools and the testing industry.
This feedback was sent by:herbert weiner from san francisco, california
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