“Battle In Seattle” Over MAP Tests ‘A Defining Moment’ For Educators - Teachers Threatened With Suspension- 01/31/13
By Doug Cunningham
[Solidarity With Garfield Chant]: “Solidarity with Garfield! Solidarity with Garfield! Our kids are not test scores!”
The education “Battle In Seattle” over standardized Measures of Academic Performance or MAP tests is escalating, with the Seattle school district threatening ten-day suspensions for teachers unless they administer the tests by February 22nd. Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are supporting the Seattle teachers in their uprising against the MAP tests. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel says it’s a “defining moment” within the education profession as teachers take a stand against what the NEA calls flawed tests not aligned with school curriculums that aren’t good for students or teachers. Kris McBride is Academic Dean at Seattle’s Garfield High School.
[Kris McBride]: “With me today are just some of the teachers who have decided to take a really strong stand against what we all know is an unnecessary expense and a drain on our very few and precious resources. More importantly however our students are not benefitting from this test. In fact it’s hurting many of our students in our most fragile populations as well as those kids who need more class time, not less class time.”
Jesse Hagopian is teacher at Garfield.
[Jesse Hagopian]: “We have a different destination here. Teachers at Garfield and schools across Seattle have a different destination for our kids. And that destination is not on the MAP. Our destination is a destination of creativity. Our destination is a destination of critical thinking. We want to teach our kids to solve real problems that they see in the community. And our stand against this MAP test is teaching them that.”