"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

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Test Your Public Ed Savvy

Susan Ohanian and Stephen Krashen have a great quiz for you to take. It includes questions such as,
Who said “Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans. That education system was a disaster.”
US international test scores aren’t at the top of the world because...
Click the link below to learn about the Common Core Standards...how poverty and homelessness makes a difference in this short 10 question quiz. When you're done, try the 5 additional questions that I have added, below.

Test Your Public Ed Savvy | The Progressive

Additional Questions...

11. Private schools perform better than public schools.
A) True
B) False
C) They are about the same.

12. Which item below does nothing to improve the education of children in poverty?
A) improved nutrition
B) improved health care
C) improved school libraries
D) improved standards and Tests

13. The NAEP Test shows
A) Average black fourth graders’ math performance in regular public schools has improved so much that it now exceeds average white performance as recently as 1992.
B) The black-white gap has narrowed little because whites have also improved.
C) The improvement has been greatest for the lowest achievers, those in the bottom 10 percent.
D) A, B and C

14. Indiana Governor's plans to improve public education in Indiana include
A) to provide more resources for schools which struggle with student achievement
B) to provide less resources for schools which struggle with student acheivement.
C) to provide more resources for private and parochial schools.
D) A and C
E) B and C

15. The US Secretary of Education is Arne Duncan. Which of the following is true about his experience in public education?
A) Duncan attended public schools as a child.
B) Duncan was a classroom teacher in Chicago Public Schools.
C) Duncan was appointed CEO of Chicago Public Schools
D) Duncan earned a teaching degree.
E) All of the above

11. C
Public Schools Perform Near Private Ones in Study

12. D
Sunday Dialogue: Improving Our Schools

13. D
U.S. Schools Not Failing - data

14. E
Indiana's Education Policy -- Cognitive Dissonance in Action

15. C

Stop the Testing Insanity!


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