Creeping Passivity

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    I'm still reading the article and responses, but I wanted to let you know that I thought you wrote "Ann Coulter" and I was like "Wha??" It scared me for a minute that she was jumping into education now. I shudder at the thought.
     
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    Interesting. My sister teaches at the college level, I'll have to ask her if she observed this phenomena at all.
     
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    If she doesn't, I'll be very surprised.
     
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    Very Interesting. If NCLB is leading to lack of problem solving skills in our students, that's a problem worth addressing.
     
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    Whether or not it's driven by NCLB, it's still a problem very worth addressing. (My guess is that it's not - one also sees this sort of thing in students who are a bit too old to have been NCLB'ed much - though the ways in which test prep is being carried out are quite likely to contribute. And the difference between "leading to" and "contributing to" is not merely rhetorical flourish.) Politically, it's smartest to use these results as a wedge for change of classroom processes, rather than taking on the NCLB monolith as monolith. For one thing, change on the district or school level can happen much more quickly than change on the federal level.
     
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    I agree that this is a problem worth addressing. Even if the effects are felt at the college level, the cure should come from the primary levels of education.
     
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    I don't think it's testing that causes passivity. You see it at all ages and in schools where they don't even do much testing. I think it is because of the lifestyles kids lead today.
     

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