Breaking News: Delaware State Reps Kowalko and Matthews Open Letter To Arne Duncan for his visit tomorrow

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17 responses to “Breaking News: Delaware State Reps Kowalko and Matthews Open Letter To Arne Duncan for his visit tomorrow

  1. Who are the teachers that Murph keeps referring to? I’ve never met a single one of them, and I’ve been around this game a whole lot longer than Murph or any of his kids at DOE….

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  2. Publius e decere

    Typical Kowalko. Short on reality, long on histrionics. Opting out of accountability for educational outcomes — it speaks for itself.

    Let’s assume that Kowalko fades-to-black, as it should be. Even if he flips his wig.

    Publius

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    • Publius, how can the Kilroy’s champion of choice be against a parent opting out? This is a serious question. It is a quintessential issue and example of unfettered parental educational choice.

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    • Exactly, John. Any proponent of parental choice as a guiding principal in Ed policy would support testing opt-out legislation. Is it possible that our Pd promotes “choice”schools for some other reason?

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    • Publius e decere

      Maybe parents who want to opt-out of testing should choose a school which doesn’t test. If any such public school could ever be approved. Maybe they should form one. I would love to watch THAT authorizing process. How exactly would a school which doesn’t test decide whether a student has learned at grade-level? How would DOE decide that a degree was earned?

      Choice is about choosing the system you want to participate in. If you choose a school which requires a military-style uniform and JROTC participation, then what purpose is served by opting out of those requirements other than to undermine the school? If you choose to attend a school for its reputation as academically rigorous, then should you get a degree if you opted out of testing? Certainly a school “could” be about an a la carte world without rules — The Charter School Of The Lord Of The Flies — as the opt-out crowd seems to want, but then what exactly would it mean to graduate from a particular school?

      Opting out of testing is arguably a right for a family to exercise. But it is not a free ride to do so. In so choosing, shouldn’t the degree also be labeled an opt-out degree for consistency?

      I fear the day when, by logical extension of the hazard, our lawmakers pass an opt out “right” for employees — you get to opt out of actually doing your job but you still get paid. Silly? Yes.

      If there is too much testing then manage the quantity. But to allow an opt out on testing is a hazard not worthy of the social mission of compulsory schooling. In my opinion 🙂

      Publius

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    • You seem to be talking about opting out of all testing. As you note, that would be hard to approve in the public setting, and DE does not at this point offer that choice (except in some test- and grade-free private schools). The opt-out legis. submitted by Kowalko & Matthews concerns only the annual, state-mandated standardized test. Students would still be tested by their teachers, receive grades, etc. Plenty of data to adequately assess completion of grade-level reqs.

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  3. lastDEconservative

    Shorter Kowalko: The laws we passed in DE to get the money and strings you dangled is causing us constituent grief and jeopardizes our reelections. Thank you for being our punching bag before the huddled masses, wink, wink. Throw us a bone here by simply glancing our way, and we’re good. Thanks, brother.

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  4. Surprised Kwacko doesn’t bash the Jews in this letter.

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  5. Greg
    You should be careful when you spew that hate-filled vitriol at me. Tests have shown that the type of bile that emanates from the bowels of insecure individuals can be highly corrosive to that sanctimonious cloth they’ve wrapped themselves in and might result in exposure to the bitter truth of those individuals petty and bizarre compulsions to advertise their own self-loathing.
    Representative Kowalko

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  6. There is a great new series of ads coming out of New Jersey about the damaging effect of testing. They are sponsored by the teachers union there. This seems like a great way to get parents fired up and willing to act. Any chance, Mike Matthews, that the DSEA would do some ads like these?

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  7. lastDEconservative

    Someone, some denizen help me here. If YOU were setting out to -really- do what Kwacko -acts- like he’s doing, along with the other one, would you open with a peck on the cheek? Would you type (or dictate) words like “demand,” or perhaps the more moderate “insist?” If you really meant to represent your constituents, those poor, miserable souls, would you intercept Arne at the door to x appearance (perhaps with the poor excuse of a newspaper in tow)? Or.would.you.write.a.letter.that.won’t.get.any.attention.but.about.which.you.can.say.”Look at me, I’m gettin’ ‘er done?” Just asking.

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    • Typical Kwacko BS… write a letter, stomp his feet, mumble into the mic and overall get nothing accomplished. Keep up the good work our embarrassing representative.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Are you chilly there Greg with your sanctimonious cloth having been corroded away? Can I use “stomp his feet”? Good one.

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