To the People who don't understand Education. You don't learn just by listening to a teacher. You learn through a society and a culture teaching you, and reteaching over and over again. This society has moved toward a teacher can do it all. Very bad idea.
The embarassment in the posts so far is that the people making the negative statements are doing so due to their own ignorance of an actual system
The negative stigma of Unions has arrived thanks to Big Business who want to be in full control, just as they did in the 1700's. The FCAT is a measure which hurts from 3rd grade onwards, not just 10th grade, and once you are labelled as At-Risk, you remain with this label through school. This means you are given alot of special treatment and without the resources to evaluate you over and over, and have your family/culture help you develop, you tend to remain at the bottom.
Consider yourself now, and consider yourself if you had been told you are no good since 3rd grade. Mentally, it would be a huge detriment.
This FCAT may be needed, and I agree we need higher standards. Yet we need to implement properly, and we need to do so as a society and stop blaming groups for the wrong doing of society.
If we want to develop a future of education, the standards need to be higher, not just punitive. Start this at home, and finish it in the classroom at school, not the other way around.
http://tinyurl.com/74k8grm – Article posted on Orlando Sentinel “New FCAT scoring will mean 'blood on the table'”