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Testing and mandates replace creative learning in schools

By Danielle Douglass

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 24, 2014

~~<p>During a recent visit to Waipahu High School, federal education leader Arne Duncan claimed that Hawaii was making &quot;notable strides.&quot; Duncan and state officials visited the school to see the progress our Department of Education has made with the $75 million &quot;Race to the Top&quot; grant aimed to prepare public school students for college and career. He commented on the extraordinary progress made by the state and praised Hawaii for being one of five most rapidly improving states in the nation.</p>
<p>What the secretary of education really means is Hawaii's test scores are improving, largely because teachers are trained to teach to the test and their effectiveness rating now depends on those scores. What is happening in our schools is causing frustration and emotionally damaging our most valuable resources: our children.</p>
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During a recent visit to Waipahu High School, federal education leader Arne Duncan claimed that Hawaii was making "notable strides." Duncan and state officials visited the school to see the progress our Department of Education has made with the $75 million "Race to the Top" grant aimed to prepare public school students for college and career. He commented on the extraordinary progress made by the state and praised Hawaii for being one of five most rapidly improving states in the nation.

What the secretary of education really means is Hawaii's test scores are improving, largely because teachers are trained to teach to the test and their effectiveness rating now depends on those scores. What is happening in our schools is causing frustration and emotionally damaging our most valuable resources: our children. Login for more...



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