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Teachers, Testing and the Voucher System

January 19, 2013
In Deep with Angie Coiro
Hour 2

What gets taught in public schools? And just how long do those standardized tests take? This hour, guests join Angie to talk teachers, testing and the voucher system. Student and activist Zack Kopplin explains the "creationism wall" and voucher system used in some schools, recalls his experience testifying against the spread of vouchers and shares some of his favorite "facts" being taught in some schools. Teacher and activist Sabrina Joy Stevens and Gary Ravani, President of the Early Childhood K-12 Council, engage in a panel discussion of the politics of the classroom, the fairness of testing (on students AND teachers) and the tie between test scores, poverty and teacher's unions.

Plus, Angie's demented sidekick Buttercup drops in to sympathize with a teen who illegally bought a gun and accidentally shot himself, question Eric Pratt's explanation for Reagan's support of an assault weapon ban  and share Rick Perry's miracle solution to gun violence.

 

Links to Check Out

14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Learn in Voucher Schools

Accountability, Incentives and Behavior: The Impact of High-Stakes Testing in The Chicago Public Schools

Testing Is As Bad As I Thought

Seattle Teachers Join Boycott of Testing

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