Chapter 3: Compare Wagner’s discussion of testing to your experiences. Do you agree or disagree with his view. . .Explain in depth.
My experience with testing in high school is very foggy. I know I hate multiple choice tests, but you become accustomed to having to take them. I know I am smart and capable but I know that I struggle to show that on multiple choice tests, but I feel like I have done pretty well for myself so far. I agree that something needs to be done about the issues with testing that have gone on in more recent years. However, the issues we have with testing are not with testing. Testing issues are a symptom of more concerning problems in public education. To fix the testing problems, the root of the issue needs to be addressed. I don't know how to exactly put a finger on what it is, but the whole structure of the school system is not conducive to productive teaching or learning.
Chapter 4: Compare Wagner’s discussion of teacher ed with your own. How would you design the program if you were king/queen of the world? Explain in detail.
I think Wagner is on to something when he says that the teacher credential should be more like how it is for business or law students, or even medical students. I think there needs to be a more practical approach for assessment and certifying. The credential program is not the issue. I think Wagner hits the nail on the head more closely when he addresses the tenure and union issues. His interview with Randy was spot on when they discussed why a union even exists. It only exists when there is poor management or some other threat that leads the workers to feel the need to unionize. Of coarse teachers feel demoralized, the actually are treated terribly. The other day my husband's grandfather told me about his education experience, where one teacher was responsible for a classroom that ranged all ages from 4-17 years old. We are only human, and can only meet the needs of so many people in one day. The reason humans don't have litters of children is because we need attention. Close attention. Having one teacher responsible for 180 students every single day is a terrible idea. I agree with Wagner that we should steer away from tenure and move onto an incentive type of pay scale, but also, teachers need more time to plan and prepare and do everything else that goes along with teaching. And administration should be better trained as managers and leaders. The whole system is a big problem, and we gripe about state testing and new standards. I believe that the problem is deeper than testing, but like Randy said in the interview, its too big and people don't really understand what the exact problem is.