As was reported earlier on @THE CHALK FACE, the delegates at the #aftconv12 successfully passed a resolution that essentially says “high stakes testing is bad and we all agree.” As Shaun pointed out, the resolution will change absolutely nothing about how schooling will be carried out next year because the resolution promises that AFT members will do nothing to stop or even decrease high stakes testing.
And now we hear from Stephen Sawchuk at Ed Week that delegates from the Chicago Teachers Union attempted to attach an amendment that would have at least required some action.
CTU delegates had proposed a second resolution on testing that would have required AFT to help affiliates pressure state legislatures to produce analyses of the cost and scope of standardized testing and the amount of instructional time spent preparing students for the exams. It was approved by the union’s educational issues committee, but it was not one of the top three resolutions reported out. (Only the top three are guaranteed to go to the convention floor.)
So, on the floor, a CTU delegate made a motion to combine this second resolution with the first one.
“Yesterday, the [committee] was unanimous in its support, we all recognize that this is needed. The problem was that it wasn’t prioritized. We all recognize how important this language is, it gives teeth to [the first testing resolution],” said CTU delegate Adam Heenan.
This amendment didn’t pass, however.
WHY? What the F@#k was so damn controversial about “helping affiliates pressure” the education reformers that are destroying public education?
I know. I know. I just don’t get it. Asking for help to find out how much all this testing costs taxpayers and knowing how much time is wasted on these bullshit exams is just a little too much to ask for after spending the last 10 years ruining students intellectually, deprofessionalizing teachers, and defaming schools.
Here’s an amendment from the @THE CHALK FACE.
Where as and where by and blah blah blah, all the delegates that suppressed this motion must wear a t-shirt to school daily next year that reads “Got Balls? I Don’t!”
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