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Parent Group Leader to Obama: Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy Should be Less Testing
Townhall.com ^ | December 27, 2012 | Kyle Olson

Posted on 12/27/2012 9:46:14 AM PST by Kaslin

There have been all sorts of responses to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary last Friday.

American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten is pushing Big Labor to get behind gun control legislation. Others argue that it might be wise for every school to have several armed staff members.

At least those are both logical suggestions to address an obvious problem.

Now Parents Across America, a pro-union group, has checked into the discussion, urging President Obama to respond to the events by having less standardized testing.

Huh?

Are these people suggesting that state standardized tests somehow drive unstable students to commit mass murder? Could we please see some evidence to support that bizarre theory?

Wendy Lecker, founder of Parents Across America-CT, wrote:

“This body of research demands that we rethink our national obsession to use tests as the goal in education. A low test score should be an alarm, not that a school or teacher is failing, but more likely that there are stressors in a child’s life that warrant intervention.”

That’s a good reason to have tests, right? So we can tell which kids require intervention? Apparently not.

Lecker went on to point out that she’s talked to school nurses who tell her “at test time, they see a spike in headaches, stomachaches and the need for anti-anxiety medication.”

We’re not sure what Lecker is trying to say here. Are the kids who are anxious about taking a test likely to get a gun and kill someone – therefore we shouldn’t have tests?

The unions and their supporters have always hated state standardized testing, particularly when it’s used to evaluate teacher performance, and would resort to any strategy to kill the practice.

If they can somehow twist the Connecticut tragedy to meet that goal, they’re clearly willing to do it, no matter how stupid they sound.

As Rahm Emanuel once said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: gunssandyhook; parentsacrossamerica; sandyhookpolitics; sandyhookunion; standingonthegraves; teachersunions

1 posted on 12/27/2012 9:46:20 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Are the kids who are anxious about taking a test likely to get a gun and kill someone – therefore we shouldn’t have tests?

I blame the school lunch fish sticks.

2 posted on 12/27/2012 9:51:11 AM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Kaslin

Randi Weingarten is bottom feeding scum.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 9:52:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Flick Lives
The unions and their supporters have always hated state standardized testing, particularly when it’s used to evaluate teacher performance, and would resort to any strategy to kill the practice.

The money quote.
4 posted on 12/27/2012 9:54:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Please don’t insult the bottom feeders. At least they serve a real purpose in the world.......


5 posted on 12/27/2012 9:57:46 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Kaslin

A punchline about killing the curve would be just too tasteless under the circumstances...


6 posted on 12/27/2012 9:58:10 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cripplecreek

You MUST admit that America’s children would be MUCH safer the less time they spend in public schools!!


7 posted on 12/27/2012 9:58:53 AM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Definitely better off.

Trying to get the unions behind gun control might be pretty stupid. The unions are really pushing their luck with their rural members in recent years. Some 40% of union members supported RTW in Michigan and opposition to gun control should hit 60% easy.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 10:05:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

There seems to be no depth to which these people will not sink.


9 posted on 12/27/2012 10:10:29 AM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: Kaslin

The irony is that Lanza could probably ace every test put in front of him-he was attending college at age 16.


10 posted on 12/27/2012 10:13:19 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Flick Lives

It’s that damned hot, Tuna Casserole! Or the rubbery Salisbury Steak!


11 posted on 12/27/2012 10:15:48 AM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: absalom01

When I was in school the teachers actually cared about the students.

These days the union only cares about how to use the kids to get their way.


12 posted on 12/27/2012 10:15:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

It was a different time and a different country, but I was one of those students who were unreasonably stressed out before exams. It didn’t matter what my grades were, that I always did good... when exam time came I was literally a nervous wreck. My mom put an stop to it, kind of, by locking up my books and dragging me to the movies the evenings before major exams. At first it made it worse, I mean, how could I relax? Eventually I learned to upstage my mom, by the time she would take my books I knew the material back and forth... I won’t go as far as claiming that I eventually got to relax, but since there wasn’t anything I could do, I got less and less uptight. I graduated from high school and college with straight A’s. When I came to the US for graduate school, it didn’t take me very long to realize that my mom’s method worked better than cramming the night before. Now my children are used to being ready ahead of time and they don’t freak out. Actually my son loves standardized testing, he seems to think the SAT is a challenge to outdo his previous score.


13 posted on 12/27/2012 10:19:17 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: cripplecreek

Teachers are the only employees who no matter what or how it is done, think it’s wrong and/or impossible to evaluate their performance.

“don’t judge me, bro!”


14 posted on 12/27/2012 10:24:24 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Kaslin
From Merriam-Webster:

Non sequitur

Definition of NON SEQUITUR 1: an inference that does not follow from the premises; specifically : a fallacy resulting from a simple conversion of a universal affirmative proposition or from the transposition of a condition and its consequent

15 posted on 12/27/2012 11:16:01 AM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Kaslin

??

blames testing for school shootings?

Making other liberals look sane by comparison?


16 posted on 12/27/2012 12:24:26 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Kaslin

This daft bunch makes abortionists and divorce lawyers look like boy scouts. Next they’re going to tell us it’s “for the children.”


17 posted on 12/27/2012 1:35:09 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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