"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"...no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief; but that all men shall be free to profess, and by argument to maintain, their opinion in matters of religion, and that the same shall in no wise diminish enlarge, or affect their civil capacities." – Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Still Test-Crazy After All These Years

We were cleaning out some old books and found this cartoon stuck in one of them. It's from April 21, 2000. The title is If Mozart and Michelangelo Were Washington Students Today. [What's more amazing is that I found it online here.]

The message is no different today than it was 12 years ago...except now, with the over-focus on nonfiction of the Common (rotten-to-the) Core Standards, we should probably add a picture of Will Shakespeare in the corner writing on his parchment...

This is appropriate for the entire nation, not just the state of Washington, and just as important today as it was in 2000. We're still following the same foolish test-crazy path.

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Stop the Testing Insanity!


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