Monday, February 28, 2005

Goal setting 101

Referring to Minnesota's move to apply No Child Left behind to high schools.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed the centerpiece of President Bush's second-term education agenda Sunday, backing a plan to extend the federal No Child Left Behind testing requirements to high schools.

Pawlenty moderated a panel discussion where Spellings made a forceful case for No Child Left Behind, maintaining that nationwide testing in math and reading has already produced gains in student test scores and begun to close the achievement gap for underprivileged children.

"We know that what gets measured gets done," Spellings said.

Pawlenty talked with Spellings after the session and emerged ready to back the Bush plan, which Congress is likely to take up later this year. It faces significant opposition from many state legislators and educators for provisions that penalize schools that don't reach testing targets.
Minnesota kids are being 'equipped' for the future a "significant opposition" to basic achievement goals and accountability? How many of them are teaching your kids? Who do teachers fear testing when they're the subject matter?

Doing their best to churn out the next generation of liberal snivelers, the thinking goes: Goals = teams. Teams = competition and competition = winner and loser. Winner and loser = unequal and unequal = hurt feelings. Even under-performing teachers can get sad.

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