I know we complain a lot here about NCLB and teaching to the test, so I hesitated even to post this. But I just thought it was so ridiculous, I wanted to see if other people were running into the same thing. I was at a workshop today with 4th and 5th Grade teachers. We have the dreaded TAKS test this week, so they were comparing notes on how they prepared for it. One of the 5th Grade teachers said she actually got in trouble at her school for using books to teach reading. Her grade level and administration said she had to use the only reading passages. A 4th Grade teacher said she was told to teach writing from 8:00 until they returned from lunch at 12:30 (4 hours?) and then the rest of the day to teach reading. The principal walked in at 2:00 and she was doing a math lesson and she was also reprimanded. Is that just ridiculous or is it just me? It's not like she was teaching them to salsa dance or something completely unrelated to education. I mean since when did teaching math or with actual books go out the window? I'm so worried about the direction we are headed in this country education-wise.