Y'all, it is on weeks like this that I would seriously consider homeschooling. But then again maybe homeschooler's have to do standardized testing too. I am not sure.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
I have exactly 20 minutes to blog before I head out the door to go to the school cafeteria. This morning I had to bribe The Girl, with a promise to meet her for lunch, because she has been freaked out by the completely out-of-control chaos that is public school Standardized Testing week.
I am so irritated about how ridiculous the whole situation is. So much so that I probably shouldn't be writing about it, lest I say something unkind, and regrettable. Which I try really hard not to do here.
The pressure started building last week. The Boy spent two days at home with anxiety and major stomach trouble. Yesterday The Girl (who wasn't yet testing; her tests started today) came home because she felt like she was going to throw up.
They aren't sick, they're worried.
This morning at the gym one mom complained that her little girl was complaining of the same symptoms and another mom said that her son had nightmares all night.
When we walked into the school this morning, the assistant principle was walking around telling the kids, "All you have to do is focus. Just keep focused!"
No pressure there.
Uh Hello? How about "Good Morning! It's going to be a great day!"
And you know, the teachers are all freaked out too , but if the administrators are riding them even half as hard as they are riding our kids then it's no wonder they all look like they might explode! Everyone wants a school that is rated in an excellent category. But you know what? These teachers? They are stressed beyond what is rational, and it is reflecting and showing itself in outstanding ways in our children.
It just makes me wonder if this testing is all worth it. This week I feel like my kids aren't "kids", but simply a means to get a good school rating. This isn't building up our children, it's stressing them out.
And there is precious little I can do about it. I have told the kids that they don't need to worry because they know what's on the test (they are both good students), but it doesn't matter because the teachers are required to nag the kids on everything from what they should be eating for optimum brain power to test test taking strategy. Bombarding them with so much test taking info that the kids are literally sick.
I love our school. It truly is one of the best. My kids both have excellent teachers. But something is going to have to change, or our kiddos (and teachers!) are going to be burnt out before junior high.
Time to lunch! Thanks for letting me vent!
Posted by Kellie A at 2:11 PM