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Boomer’s Rants (Dumbing down America’s youth)

There is an article in the local paper today that caught my eye.   It is about certain school districts cheating on their children’s tests scores.  It starts off talking about the Atlanta, school district.  The article makes mention of how teachers would change the answers on the cards the kids turn in to make them correct.  In other words, if a child guesses wrong on a multiple choice question.  For the record these are the  penciled in answer sheets.  The teacher will go in and fix it to make it look like they got it right.  This is done solely to make the teacher and the district look good.  It has nothing to do with caring about the child.  Some of the teachers have come out and said there was undue pressure from the top.   The article mentions fear of intimidation, and retaliation.  In the words of the article it  prompted the teachers to covertly give kids the answers on standardized tests, and change the the wrong answers.  At least we knew about the mafia, and the drug cartels.  Now you have to wonder how many children were given grades and passed onto bigger and better institutions that shouldn’t have been.   By the way, for those of you that are actually paying attention.  The article does mention other states besides Georgia.  The District of Columbia for example apparently found 103 public schools with high amounts of erasure marks on tests.  It also mentions six other states including California, Florida, and Ohio.  In the article it mentions the 130 Detroit public schools that have been closed since 2005 due to low test scores.  I guess the teachers there didn’t cheat.  Is that how we reward honesty?!?!  It makes you wonder how many other districts are doing this.  Even more important, how many children have been given GPAs of 3.0 or better that probably should have gotten 2.0 or less?  Not that I want to put anything above the  importance of  our  children.  What does this do to the corporate structure we are trying to keep in this country?  It seems to me that it is possible that a large percentage of the people running America’s top companies may have been the benefactors of this same scheme.  In other words how do we know they really earned it.  In closing this rant I would like to thank all those educators that cheated.  Yes that’s right I would like to thank them for stabbing us in the back.  We trusted you with the education of our children and all you thought about was your own self-esteem, and personal gain!!!  Well, I guess I should add a post script to my rant.  In all fairness it does mention that certain districts such as Baltimore MD, that have been cracking down on this problem.  However, it says that due to the crack down test scores have dropped.  This prompts a question.  Do we blame the greater security for the lower test scores (because you people know we want to place the blame somewhere, while holding no accountability ourselves), or do we actually start to question the teaching methods and the people entrusted with the education of our children???

About Bigboomer

Hello, first of all I would like to thank you for visiting my blogsite. I am going to tell you a little about me. My name is Ray, I started writing back in high school. Every once in a while I would come up with a few ideas and would write them down. Most of which became poems others became short stories. Some of my inspirations are of the heart, some of them come from the thoughts of the day. You will see, as you browse threw my site my poetry is about as diverse as you can get. I hope that as you read them some will have you thinking of love, while others will make you feel sorrow. I would like some of them to set you off to an adventure. Finally, I have some poems that may make you hungry. I do have some inspirations that just plane turn into ramblings or rants as, if you read in here, you will see. I have managed to get two books published so far, the first one is titled Pathways, it may be found at xlibris.com/RayBohdan.html. there you can view a couple of excerpts form the book. The second book is Mingling Hues of My Mind it is at publish America A little bit more about me. I am fifty-one years old I have three children, Rainney, Elisa, and Anthony and two well, actually, three grandchildren Raeanne Marie, Graycee, and Amaya. I guess I could go on, but then I am afraid this will come out sounding like a dating profile. Part of my site will be dedicated to my poetry, I plan to break it down into different sections and organize it by type/style. Another section of this site will be dedicated to my blog it will be about my rants/thoughts of the day. These will vary from political, to personal, to comical. I will talk about most anything and everything that I feel may be of interest to someone. I also will devote a section to some of my favorite recipes with hints on how to capture his/her heart by winning their stomach. My favorite foods are Italian and Mexican, but this section will not be limited to those two types. I do believe however, that the most important part of my site will be the dedication pages. These will be to memorialize special loved ones and friends, as well as thank those that have made purchases of my afore-mentioned book. This is exactly what you think it is. A way for me to sell my self as a writer. Publicly get my words and thoughts out into the world. Please believe me when I say that this in no way demeans or diminishes my passions for the people and the love of which I have written, and will continue to write. I trust that once you read my poems you will feel the love i have felt, the pains I have been through, and the joys of life itself. Once again I thank you for stopping by please enjoy.


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