Daily Archives: March 30, 2011

Obama on Education: I don’t care if they ever learn anything

Does this man even actually understand the words that come out of his mouth? Are his speech writers just seeing how far they can go before he stops repeating whatever they put down? Are we witnessing what history will call the worst presidency ever? Okay, certainly I’m not a fan of the dipshit-in-chief, but what has he said to get me more riled up than usual? Well take a look at these highlights from a recent AP article:

President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said […][Obama] said policymakers should find a test that “everybody agrees makes sense” and administer it in less pressure-packed atmospheres, potentially every few years instead of annually.[…] Obama said, schools should be judged on criteria other than student test performance, including attendance rate. “One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about different cultures, you’re not learning about science, you’re not learning about math,” the president said. “All you’re learning about is how to fill out a little bubble on an exam and little tricks that you need to do in order to take a test and that’s not going to make education interesting.”[…]”And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in,” Obama said. “They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring.”

Wow, he can repeat the teacher’s union party line really well. He clearly doesn’t know a single thing about education, but he can repeat the teacher’s union party line really well.

Let’s go over some of these really stupid ideas.

“Too much testing makes it boring” Too much? Standardized testing is supposed to be once a year. Up through middle school it should only be reading, writing and math. And then we need to only add science and social studies in high school. Four tests. Not that much time. Even if we do it twice a year, that’s what 8 days a year at most. 2 weeks of class time. And if they were better administered they would take even less time. I can teach a lot with 8 days of classroom time…but if teachers before me actually taught what they were supposed to and were held accountable for it when they didn’t (and hold back students who don’t pass) I would be saving at least a third of my classroom time that I usually have to waste covering issues that should have already been taught. Other than that it should be teachers giving smaller tests throughout the year to make sure that what they are teaching is getting through to the students. Grades on tests can be rewards and punishments, but the primary function of testing is to make sure that what you are teaching is working and that kids are learning. On a national level this shows which schools have good teachers and which do not, it also shows which teachers are really, really bad because if a single teacher has bad scores year after year where other teachers do not, I don’t think it’s kids…it’s probably the incredibly horrible teacher. (You know the teacher who is in the union which pays millions to Obama. No conflict of interest there. None.)

Or his concern with education being boring. Who the F!@# cares! Boring education has nothing to do with the subject matter. It has to do with the teacher. A good teacher can make any subject interesting. A bad teacher can’t make anything interesting. Tests have nothing to do with it. But again, Obama would have to have a synapse fire at some point. Ah, Obama seems to want the fun feel-gooderies where students are happy but learn nothing (at least they’re happy until they realize they actually need to learn some of those boring things to function in the real world).

“Less pressure packed” …uh, has this man been around bad teachers lately? You know the teachers who demand nothing of their students. And less pressure packed helps students how? Because it certainly doesn’t match that world out there where 1 out of 10 people don’t have a job…no pressure there at all. And less pressure will certainly prepare students for the real world (Not that Obama has ever lived in the real world). Now there is positive pressure (learn because this is relevant to your life from good teachers) and negative pressure (learn just the basics so they don’t fire me from bad teachers…bad teachers who can be fired if we have accurate data).

“Schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about different cultures, you’re not learning about science, you’re not learning about math”…First off how are you learning math and science unless you’re being tested…those are fairly fact based subjects and if you can’t master the basic facts you certainly can’t grasp any of the more advanced concepts. I love how reading doesn’t make his list…probably because if you can read then you can read his speeches and realize what a moron our President is. “Other cultures” not great literature (which covers all cultures) but specifically other cultures…because if you knew anything about American culture you’d be demanding this idiot and his teacher union backers be up on treason charges.

Oh and that teach to the test bullshit…here’s how that goes. Good teachers plan what they were going to plan anyway then look through the list of what is on the test and add the one or two things they missed. Good teachers teach. The test has little meaning to them. And strangely enough their students pass the test. Bad teachers however do teach to the test, probably because they are all about doing the bare minimum. And then at least a minimum is met…as opposed to absolutely no learning going on in the classrooms of bad teachers before there were tests that they were forced to meet. And strangely enough, the bad teachers still don’t do a good job of teaching their students. Probably because they’re bad teachers. But since the teachers unions are filled with bad teachers, that’s probably all Obama hears about.

“And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in,” Obama said. “They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring.” Again, with the bullshit that we should make education fun, and not you know, relevant to living. He seems to care what children think about being in the classroom. Problem is that children are surprisingly childish and don’t always know what’s best for them. That’s why nature invented these things called grownups who make responsible decisions (one day if Obama tries really, really hard he may make a responsible decision). Maybe he should try worrying more about the adult that child will become…oh but that would take long term thinking, something that has never been seen in his instant gratification joke of a presidency.

I don’t care what they have to do, but the Republicans cannot allow this moron who knows less than nothing about education have any single bit of say in education policy. None.

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