Explaining my PK paraphrase


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Posted by Ammianus Marcellinus on 03/24/02 - 12:45:01
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I said:

"It's like PK implied: all mandates have a 'don't get caught' clause, esp. for Catholics."

Which is why it's the tests, and not the state mandates, that matter.  Oh, sure, you're supposed to teach to the state mandates.  But you can claim that any particular lesson of yours addresses a state mandate in any way you want.  Your rear end will thusly be covered.  Nobody will "call you on the carpet" unless your students do not make the test statistic the administrators want.

And the odds are that your students will eventually not make that statistic, though those odds decrease slightly if your parents are well-off and literate.  So you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't, since the tests will eventually damn you.

Which is one big reason why you're best off organizing against the tests, and not the standards.


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