Interesting CNN story on parents refusing to allow their children to take state exams in protest of the testing mania in schools. The pro-test side in the story is represented by Michael Lomax, a former Fulton County Commission chair who went on to become a college president and now United Negro College Fund president and CEO.
Lomax is a longtime educator. He once spoke to a GSU class that I was teaching and was very candid with the students about Georgia politics. I thought he was an unlikely politician, which may be why he didn’t make it a lifelong career.
I understand the growing concerns about testing, but have not personally seen test prep taken to the extreme. I am still not sure why some teachers are at ease with the CRCT and others are frantic. While many of you will suggest that the nervous teachers are those teaching in the toughest schools, I haven’t found that to be the case. I know teachers in schools with high numbers of poor kids who are not all panicked about