Gameboy is at that age where they are pumping tons and tons of information in their brains and it's a wonder it doesn't all explode.
This is the grade where all those important big state tests start to come up, where it is is imperative that they learn everything and anything about taking standardized tests, so that the school can achieve above and beyond the state average and so it can be labeled with the ever coveted Exemplary status.
It's a big thing here in Texas, and it really makes my blood curdle that the fate of the public educational system lies in the determination of one big test every other year. What happened to just getting back to basics?
Wonderboy who is in special education classes also will have to take the "dumbed down" portion of the test each year. Most of the kids in his class can barely read or write not because their "dumb" but they just are incapable in some cases of comprehending a test like structure, due to various disabilities they have. Wonderboy's teacher told me they were required to give the special ed kids a standardized test as well. Last year was the first year they implemented it. I was just blown away by this, I think his teachers were just as frustrated as I was.
I know it's all for one reason and one reason alone, the almighty dollar. It really is disheartening that they would rob these kids of valid learning time to focus on testing. So that's what my kids are learning with a sprinkle of cursive writing, multiplication, and a dash of science here and there.
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