Saturday, November 25, 2006

More great education analogies!

Again, from Centrisity!

The New Education System ---The Football Version

1. All teams must make the state playoffs and all MUST win the championship. If a team does not win the championship, they will be on probation until they are the champions, and coaches will be held accountable. If after two years they have not won the championship their footballs and equipment will be taken away UNTIL they do win the championship.

2. All kids will be expected to have the same football skills at the same time even if they do not have the same conditions or opportunities to practice on their own. NO exceptions will be made for lack of interest in football, a desire to perform athletically, or genetic abilities or disabilities of themselves or their parents.


3. Talented players will be asked to workout on their own, without instruction. This is because the coaches will be using all their instructional time with the athletes who aren't interested in football, have limited athletic ability or whose parents don't like football.

4. Games will be played year round, but statistics will only be kept in the 4th, 8th, and 11th game.It will create a New Age of Sports where every school is expected to have the same level of talent and all teams will reach the same minimum goals.

If no child gets ahead, then no child gets left behind.

Indeed another great analogy! I do agree that in some respects, comparing schools across different tests is like comparing apples and oranges. However, schools are being sanctioned based on test results I have posted previously.

It reminds me of my friend Adam Hughes and his line, "Do I come to your job and..."

Adam and Nicole Hughes are teachers in Southern MN, they face the realities everyday. I thought the GOP was the small government party? By putting more and more guidelines in place, we keep our teachers from doing what they really want to do...teach!

It was the same in the Army. More bureacracy creates more bureracracy. Inspecting my Bradley Fighting Vehicles became more and more labor intensive, taking soldiers away from more training opportunities. Mantenance is important, but should not compromise the mission.

The same is happening in our schools. We must focus on the mission at hand, making sure our kids are prepared and ready for the real world, a global economy!

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