Q:Do you have any tips on being an adult without failing spectacularly?
petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy
When she saw him time slowed to a stop. He was so perfect and she knew her life would never be the same because she had finally found him. The one. The first boy she would ever kill.
Because of a tough new curriculum and teacher evaluations, 4- and 5-year-olds are learning how to fill in bubbles on standardized math tests to show how much they know about numbers, shapes and order.
Teachers said kindergartners are bewildered. “Sharing is not caring anymore; developmentally, it’s not the right thing to do,” said one Queens teacher, whose pupils kept trying to help one another on the math test she gave for the first time this fall. …
Administering the exams is a complete headache, teachers said. “They don’t know how to hold pencils,” said a Bronx kindergarten teacher whose class recently took the Pearson exam. “They don’t know letters, and you have answers that say A, B, C or D and you’re asking them to bubble in … They break down; they cry.”
good work America
is this a fucking joke
What the actual fuck
I worked in a kindergarten classroom the first year the kindergartners had to take standardized tests. It was a private school so all of the children could read and write very well by that point, but I saw students sob after getting the sample questions wrong many, many times. They all felt such pressure to do right and getting it wrong made them feel terrible, and it’s difficult to explain to a 5 year old the idea that there are different ways to be smart when all of the class but them got sample question number 6 right. They just see it as not being smart enough or good enough, etc. etc. The two practice weeks were terrible for them emotionally. 5 year olds are not meant to sit still and bubble in scantrons for that long and they certainly shouldn’t be getting judged already. There is more than enough evidence that play-based curriculum aids cognitive development, and yet this is what we give them. Standardized testing at age 5. It’s just ridiculous.
i seriously fucking thought this was an onion article at first