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"Will This Be on the Test?" An Overemphasis on Grades Might Be Killing the Desire to Learn

Time and again, I've seen the fixation on grades get in the way just when my students are learning how to use their minds.

As a high school science teacher, I enjoy spending my time designing instruction. It’s professionally engaging to come up with something worthy of a bit of brow furrowing. Presenting my lesson to the class gives me butterflies daily. What will they ask? What will they want to do? What knowledge can be culled from their natural curiosity?

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Two Angry Teachers Protest California's Standardized Testing with Another Music Video

It's standardized testing time in California, which means the anonymous pink-slipped duo Two Angry Teachers and a Microphone are back with...

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It's standardized testing time in California, which means the anonymous pink-slipped duo Two Angry Teachers and a Microphone are back with another track, "More Than A Test Score." In the almost four-minute song, the Los Angeles-based rapping educators break down how test prep has hijacked teaching, and criticize the push to determine school and teacher effectiveness from one high stakes test score.

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