Re "Utah parent ‘curriculum cops’ don‘t want the job," Tribune, March 18:
SB257 sponsor Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, wants volunteer parents who reviewed 10,000 Utah test questions to handle parents who complain about the state’s new academic standards. Ridiculous! If he wants to satisfy those parents, let him do it himself.
When I was a public school teacher, we had to administer NCLB in the spring and were asked to score them as well. Ridiculous! I left teaching after 15 years because, in America’s public school systems, those at the bottom of the hierarchy, teachers and students, are given the least consideration. The board of education is at the top, next are district personnel, then principals, vice principals and counselors. There are plenty of "specialists," too. (Check the directories of personnel of each district.)
Paul Rolly’s article of March 21 is correct in saying, once again, teachers will be blamed. Teachers have always been asked to do too much in overpopulated classrooms.
The dumbing down of America is not the fault of teachers. As Paul Rolly pointed out, very little learning takes place at test time.
Mary C. Barnes
Salt Lake City
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