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Pothole season

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My recent work questioning the wisdom of opting out of state tests has gotten me the kind of angry response I usually expect from NRA supporters. Funny, when I was a kid, I used to get in trouble with teachers for drawing cartoons. Now that I’m an adult, I get in trouble with teachers for drawing cartoons.

Rebellious student

When I was a kid, I would have been thrilled to have my teachers tell me not to take a test. And it wouldn’t have been a good idea then either.

The opt-out movement

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To all you teachers out there, I love you dearly, and I’m not reflexively anti-union. So I’m trying to figure out why I’m so bothered by your exhortation for other people’s children to opt out of tests. It appears that because you can’t legally go on strike to protest teacher evaluation being linked to student performance, you’re asking the kids to go on strike for you.

The lesson

As a student, I had a couple of amazing, transformative teachers, and a fair number of OK ones. But the thought of a certain few can still make me break into a cold sweat. School administrators could have eyed my caricature-filled notebooks at the time to obtain some extremely accurate teacher evaluations.