As many as 1,000 parents, teachers unleash frustration at Palm Beach County School Board meeting

Was originally made aware of this by teacher Lee Kolbert over Twitter. She was monitoring the meeting and sending out numerous updates.

From the Palm Beach Post:
As many as 1,000 parents, teachers unleash frustration at Palm Beach County School Board meeting
By LAURA GREEN
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just a few quotes:

But insanity is exactly how some critics described the district’s new program, which includes frequent testing, a calendar of skills that teachers must cover at a required pace and monitoring by district staffers who visit teachers’ classrooms to make sure they are following the program.

They complained that the plan is too rigid and too heavily focused on testing over teaching.

And:

In recent weeks, parents have sent hundreds of angry letters to the school board, created a Facebook group with more than 6,000 members opposing the program and carried homemade signs to public meetings.

Teachers need to be treated with respect and entrusted with their professional abilities so that their students will desire to achieve.”

Check out the rest yourself, note the comments people are leaving.

Learning is messy





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2 Responses to As many as 1,000 parents, teachers unleash frustration at Palm Beach County School Board meeting

  1. Joe Elcano says:

    I heard an Apple employee refer to this as a loss of ‘inspiring teachers.” Just when we need inspiring teachers more than ever, education is doing its best to create robotic, automated teachers – not very inspiring!

  2. Stacie Bolton says:

    It is refreshing to see that teachers are not the only ones upset by the mass amounts of testing that is required now a days and also the microscope we have been put under thanks to NCLB. I wish the parents would have taken it one step further and really saw a major flaw in NCLB incuded them – parents have no accountability under that law. Doesn’t it make sense to hold the people responsible who chose to have and raise children? Just a thought…

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