Category Archives: NCLB

High stakes testing is strangling America’s public schools. #EndHighStakesTesting

Dear Bill Gates, High stakes testing is strangling America’s public schools. I have been a teacher for 10 years, all of them in high-poverty schools. Early in my career, when NCLB was just getting started, I knew even then that … Continue reading

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Mr.and Mrs. Gates: This experiment should be put to rest for once and for all…

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Gates, For years now, you have joined forces with Michelle Rhee to drive and enact your education reform agenda. The cornerstone of this agenda states that the greatest single factor effecting student achievement is to place a … Continue reading

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High Stakes Tests hurt kids! High Stakes Test results are JUNK Science!

Dear Bill and Melinda Gates, I write to you as a very concerned parent and public school teacher. The high stakes tests that you swear by are causing so much stress to young children. I have heard stories from concerned … Continue reading

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Bill, please consider how would the test have evaluated you and decided YOUR future as a teen?

  Dear Mr. Gates, My name is Alaina and I used to be a teacher. I came from a truly disadvantaged background, worked my way through college, sometimes even collecting cans to pay my tuition before I got a scholarship, … Continue reading

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NCLB and RttT are removing our final hope of an equal education…experienced teachers.

Dear Bill and Melinda, I retired last year – three years earlier than I’d planned – after teaching in an urban high school in Providence, Rhode Island for almost two decades. The faculty had been working hard since the mid-90s … Continue reading

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Our students with disabilities did not make AYP (Annual Yearly Progress).

From an anonymous reader’s comment on Diane Ravitch’s blog post: An Amazing Website: Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates: Dear Bill and Melinda, I truly believe you started with good intentions. As mature adults who make mistakes, it is time to … Continue reading

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The 12 Steps to Recovery for Teachers Under the Influence of Corporate Education Reform

Dear Bill and Melinda, There is a disease in public education. Some of us are now addicted to corporate education reform. For those wondering how to tell whether you are suffering from this disease, we recommend the following self-assessment: A … Continue reading

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