Category Archives: IDEA

From the filmmakers of A Year at Mission Hill

Dear Bill and Melinda, We filmed this school because we think education does need to be reformed, but not the way the current version is trying to reform it. Instead of more tests and more standardization, we’d like to see … Continue reading

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Skills go far beyond reading and mathematics

In response to Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn: A Year at Mission Hill, chapter 1. Dear Bill and Melinda, This is the kind of school parents want for their children…a place where they can learn in an environment of … Continue reading

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High Stakes Tests Destroy Students’ Self-Esteem in Hours – Special Ed Teacher says “Heartbreaking”.

Dear Bill and Melinda, I have taught SPED for 36 years. I’ve seen lots of changes — most for the better — but having to give these students the test was heartbreaking. I spend months building up their self-esteem to … Continue reading

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Is there someone out there who truly believes that a child with cognitive disabilities can pass these tests at grade level?

Dear Bill and Melinda, I as a teacher of Special Needs students have asked repeatedly over the years why my students have to take these tests. Always the same answer-it is the law and we can only have a certain … Continue reading

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Who thought of forcing children on IEPs to take grade-level high stakes standardized tests anyway?

Dear Bill and Melinda, Katie and Susan would like to ask you some questions about this powerful video created by a parent: Katie: In this moving video, a 3rd grade boy with special needs struggles to complete just one of … Continue reading

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