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Russell Winn
Works at J. F. Drake State Technical College
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Dr. Wardynski has decided that the best way to improve math scores on standardized tests in this district is to, wait for it, give MORE standardized tests. But this time, he's giving these tests to teachers. 

Because clearly he's of the opinion that the majority of our elementary school teachers are incapable of doing 6th grade level mathematics. 

This man has one single solution to every problem that he ever faces: testing. 

It's a shame that he is incapable of understanding education himself and that he refuses to listen to those who do actually understand it. 

This plan will not help our math scores; it will hurt them.
Wardynski plans to give our teachers standardized tests in math because he believes they can't do elementary math. He has no understanding of education.
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All cheerleading does is rally those who already agree with you. It is not convincing. It’s a shame those seeking to radically alter education in this state are seemingly incapable of actually educating others on their positions.

But then again, that’s what happens when business men and women attempt to teach. They discover that it is much hard than they ever imagined.
Once again a Common Core crusader is cheerleading for CCSS/CCRS without offering any evidence supporting her claims.
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A favor from a spectrum dad for World Autism Awareness day. #LIUB  
As we Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness, I would ask that you just be aware that it is our differences that make our world worth living in.
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Here is an update on the LENA Foundation/HCS BOE plan to record conversations between infants and their parents.

It isn't looking better.

"This program doesn’t allow for nuance. Actually, nearly nothing Dr. Wardynski has ever proposed since 2011 does allow for a nuanced response. He came here with one single approach to education, with one arrow in his quiver, and he keeps firing it, over and over, regardless of the absence of results or of the failed results.

This program is no different. He believes that if only he has enough data, on every single thing, (how often we speak to a child, how often we refer a child to the office, how often a child goes to the clinic, how often a child goes to the bathroom, how often a child takes a standardized test and so on ad infinitum) then he can solve all the world's problems."
The district's plan for recording children just keeps getting worse.
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Please contact your representatives and ask them to leave the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services funding in the Education Trust Fund where it belongs. ADRS makes a huge difference for all our special needs kids and adults.
Bentley's budget calls for making ADRS a part of the general fund rather than leaving it in the Education Trust Fund. This is wrong.
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And so I say thank you to our fifth grade teachers for going above and beyond the prescribed pedagogy, for pushing our students to pursue questions where they lead, for knowing that authentic education rarely follows a predetermined pacing guide, for refusing to give up on education when some idiot asks how often you’re administering a practice test.

There are still people here who care about education. They’re just not the ones in charge or on the board.
Authentic education requires that people who care about students be allowed to ask questions about the student’s work. Standardized tests kill education.
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If Wardynski weren't so intimidated by teachers (yes, seriously), if he weren't so intimidated by parents, perhaps this effort to achieve unitary status would have included both. 

If it had, it would have been a far better plan that people (stakeholders in Wardynski's parlance) would have bought into. 

As it stands now, our current desegregation plan is fundamentally flawed. 

So, what would I have done differently? 
It’s a shame that the desegregation plan that’s being forced on us did not embrace a diversity of ideas.
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And so, since the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education failed to mention World Autism Awareness day tonight despite having 45 minutes of “Celebrations,” and despite having a board member remind us that “it’s prom season, be safe,” I say thank you for helping to educate our kids, to educate us your parents, to educate other students, teachers, principals, superintendents and board members about autism.
On Autism Awareness Day, you, our teachers, are true heroes deserving of our praise, our celebration, our thanks and our love.
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Not once in those 35 years has my religious liberty to love God and love my neighbor as myself ever been threatened.
You know, I've been a Christian since I was saved as a 9 years old at Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Statesboro, Georgia. 35 years is a long time, and much has happen during that time. But there...
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The district, via this contract, is planning to record conversations between young parents and their young children in order, as Dr. Wardynski stated during the board meeting, to provide "coaching of young parents to make sure that their interactions with their kids are going of a level where the kids are not going to suffer from a 30 million word gap. That they’ll arrive at school with a rich vocabulary . . ."
Wardynski has board approval for recording parent-child conversations. If you're asked to participate, you should decline.
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You cannot unify the community without involving them in the process. Attempting to do so is like destroying the village to save it. Only a Colonel would think it an “historic moment.”
The Board is more concerned with explaining why they have to ignore public concerns than they are with listening to those concerns.
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If only our board and district administration didn’t insist on their own infallibility, if only they realized the central basic tenet of education (that you are only wise when you realize that you don’t know anything), if only they cared about students as individuals rather than as percentages, then perhaps they wouldn’t have to be embarrassed to discover that zone lines were completely wrong or that they don’t know what the hell they are talking about when they claim that special needs students don’t earn diplomas.
For education to occur, there has to be freedom of thought, a respect for all including special needs kids, and the realization that no one knows it all.
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I have the greatest job ever: I get paid to irritate students! I irritate school board for free. Love hangin with the kids, and writing about all of it at www.geekpalaver.com
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