Monthly Archives: February 2014

High Stakes Testing, Special Education: A False Picture of Failure

  Dear Bill and Melinda, I am a retired teacher from the Rhode Island School for the Deaf.  I taught English Language Arts in the middle school and high school until retiring in the fall of 2011. One of the … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Advice to Bill Gates

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A teacher sent me this letter offering helpful advice to Bill Gates. He hopes that someone will see it on the Internet and pass it along to Bill. Dear Mr. Gates, “I don’t…

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Ask us how you can help. Don’t tell us what you’d like to change.

Dear Bill and Melinda, We receive letters to you in many forms.  This one came on our Facebook page:  Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates. Please read it below, and we hope you will heed Luann’s requests. Background: “I worked every … Continue reading

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Where in all of this testing is a benefit for students?

Dear Bill and Melinda, Below, one of our readers responds to our blog post “My name is Andrea Rediske, and I am Ethan Rediske’s mother. Please Pass #EthansAct! #EyesOnDOE“ “The tests given to our children claim to be criterion referenced meaning … Continue reading

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Do Bill and Melinda Gates have the right to affect our childrens’ lives for an eternity?

Dear Bill and Melinda, You and Melinda went to school.  You have kids in school. You, Bill — are an expert at developing a software company, despite having never graduated from college.  Melinda, you are an expert at business, per your … Continue reading

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My name is Andrea Rediske, and I am Ethan Rediske’s mother. Please Pass #EthansAct! #EyesOnDOE

Dear Bill and Melinda, A national wave of empathy and outrage was created when the state of Florida demanded a child named Ethan Rediske take the FCAT high stakes test.  Despite the fact that Ethan was on his deathbed at … Continue reading

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“What sober person gives standardized tests to a kindergartner? Ever meet a 5-year-old?” – Part 3

Dear Bill and Melinda, Our last post covered how corporate reform has increased the amount of testing of 5 year olds in my classroom.  In this final post in a series of three parts, I hope to convey what that … Continue reading

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