Practical Theory - The Origin
The Scholars in CyberEnglish
ToDaY's MeNu - Ted

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Polakow-Suransky, the new #2 should be #1

“Until we start seeing assessments that ask kids to write research papers, ask them to solve unfamiliar problems, ask them to defend their ideas, ask them to engage with both fiction and nonfiction texts; until those kinds of assessments are our state assessments, all we’re measuring are basic skills,” Mr. Shael Polakow-Suransky (shale poh-LA-coe soo-RAN-skee.) said in an interview.

I agree with this statement from The New York Times interview about assessment. This is how CyberEnglish works and assesses the scholars. What Polakow-Suransky suggests is that the scholars should be producers and not just consumers or regurgitators. He can see exactly what my scholars are doing in my classes now and from those of the past on my class webpage which will lead him to the webpages of my scholars. He will find examples exactly as he outlines of how products are created and how they are assessed.

Why wasn't this man made chancellor, he understands education, he is from the classroom, he has been a part of education at all levels, he is an educated educator, and it seems like he could manage this far better than Black. He has already said more intelligent things about our schools than Black has blundered and blurted out.

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