Saturday, March 29, 2008

"Get Those Test Scores Up Or I'll Kill You"

Of course, it had to have happened in Texas, where the drive to destroy public education began via high-stakes testing. A principal has threatened 'I will kill you all and kill myself.' if TAKS science scores don't improve.

Now I'm not the least big surprised an administrator would do something this stupid; stupid administrators give me plenty to write about. And if you've read my blog you know I believe the entire purpose of NCLB is to destroy public education. What better way than to place insane pressures on administrators until they snap?

What really shocks me about this story is the comments made about the Houston Chronicle story. While most are outraged, many feel this is totally appropriate in order to get those lazy and incompetent teachers to do their jobs.

Here are some choice tidbits:
ConservativeVoice wrote:
This is what public school brings you.

mamby pampy teachers...crying. thats so funny compared to how they treat students.

paulinindy wrote:
finally someone thats deadly seriour about educating our kids.

The National Education Association's finest!

I don't know nubian, maybe the district should let the principal follow through with his threat. Then maybe the new science teachers will have the perfect example of Darwinism.

I don't know if the individual was making a real threat or not, but if he or she was, maybe the teachers got the message. Shape up or ship out.

finally some much needed discipline in our school systems

sounds to me like the teachers are nothing but a bunch of babies who cant be serious when they think he really meant he was actually gonna kill them then himself. he was not joking about the serious nature of the TAKS tests but used the "killing" as a way of getting his point across. some people have no common sense. that is who is teaching our kids! what a disgrace! bunch of whiny babies!

oh yes, and I am sure he was serious, please, we need to get rid of all of these whiney teachers and get some that have some balls.

The only question I have is whether or not the grades improved.

sounds to me like these teachers need to get off their lazy whiny pansies and teach the children! thats probably why they had low test scores...too much talking amongst each other and not teaching!

I'm sure that somewhere people from the Business Roundtable, the Fordham Foundation, the Broad Foundation and many other "compassionate conservative" groups are having a good chuckle at not only the havoc they've sewn, but the clowns who have swallowed their lies.

BTW, all comments were copied and pasted directly from the Houston Chronicle article.


Michaele Sommerville said...

I'm counting down the days when Uncle Sam relocates me and my family OUT of Texas- we're in the Bordertown and our daughter has been enduring TAKS all year long.

Our whole family found it interesting that none of the comments mentioned the fact that if a STUDENT had gone to school, talking such "nonsense," he/she would have been hauled down to the principal's office and possibly suspended for having made a threat of bodily harm.

If "joking" about killing our selves and others isn't acceptable for students and teachers, (talk about a fast track to counseling!), what made it "funny" for the principal? Nothing. And it's not whining- it's the disappointment voiced by teachers, people whose job it is to encourage, facilitate, even REQUIRE people to *think*, to include the cause/effect and consequences of what we say, what we do, and how we act.

What's frightening is that it seems administrators and other district big-wigs have the community convinced that TEACHERS WHO THINK are whiny complainers, instead of individuals who understand that if they are held to a certain standard, then by gum it's not unrealistic to expect the principals, school board, and parents to measure up accordingly too.

Do I really want to return to teaching?

Singing Fat Girl said...


Sadly, I find just as much comfort in this post as I do disdain. It's comforting because we face the same here in South Florida, and now I know we are not alone! I find that the majority of the people in our area are ultra-conservative, unthinking, nonsensical sheep willing to follow the herd to slaughter and ultimate demise. The lack of knowledge versus the willingness to throw in a few dollars worth of spew is disheartening. We even have spouses of school board members posting on the newspaper blogs threatening people for disagreeing! I try to remind myself of 2 things- (1) even though there seems to be dozens who post filth against teachers, they are only a dozen or so amongst millions in the readership, and (2) they only do so because they can hide behind an anonymous screen name and stir the pot to draw up some drama.

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