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  • Jacob Chadwick

    We are doing stuff like this in Omaha, NE. You should check out Emerging Terrain and all the work they are doing (ie repurposing grain elevators, reactivating streets, etc.).

    • blandhoke

      Jacob - Emerging Terrain looks AMAZING! Thanks for sending the link. I have heard about the repurposed grain silos, and am glad to now know who is making this happen. Thanks again!

  • carbanel

    I completely disagree that standardized test should be 'augmented' by a portfolio. Do you have any idea how many teachers and parents do the work of children who are falling behind? A carefully crafted test gives far more insight, and yes, a carefully crafted test includes an essay and is not limited to Arithmetic / Math and ELA, which doesn't even include actual grammar. Opting out is like refusing to negotiate - you don't actually engage the problem. I have no issue with my 11 and 14 year old children taking tests. Indeed, they learn and retain more when there is a need, and the test is a need. Putting something at stake makes them focus in ways that they otherwise wouldn't. I'd also love to take issue with the idea of "The Hobbit" being bad. In what way is a fun novel bad for children? Would you rather they got lost in video games? My major in college was painting, and I routinely take / drag my children to museums, but natural history, science and math museums are included. Let's be clear. A shoddy test produces children who grow to know how to test and nothing else. A test that encompasses the totality of what a human should know at a given age is superior. I wish NYC had enough money to continue the fifth grade social studies test. Needing to write for that taught my 14 year old enormously. His sister didn't have it, and her entire year's class never wrote as cogently. Perhaps the teachers felt less urgency in teaching those valuable writing skills? Again, the value of testing is based on the test, and not showing up doesn't improve the test.