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    No eraser tossing here. On behalf of (former) teachers everywhere, I mostly agree with you. But the blame to me seems to be more aimed at Congress who have never stepped foot in the classroom passing laws to “leave no child behind.” By the time that most of my students got to me in 5th grade, they (MOST) hate to write. Teachers are forced to hit the mechanics and spelling with the ol’ red pen because that is what is scored on the Holiest Test of all. Good scores on tests mean more $$$$$ for your school, and unfortunately that is what makes the school go round. It is critical to get those $$$$ in the door to get those programs that buy those computer labs and other goodies. There are very few educators out there that I have met that like the Holiest Test of all. But you have to do what you have to do. You don’t want to be the one who has the school’s scores published in the paper where they failed. Then it is your becomes your fault. They couldn’t have just had one bad day on one test (note: sarcasm.) I could go on and on. BAH HUMBUG! (Not that I have an opinion.)

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    IMO, most of the ills of society can be blamed on career politicians. I could go on an entire rant about the evidence that the founding fathers, mostly, found the very idea of a “career politician” distasteful.

    The “age of reason” ideal was a citizen-statesman, a businessperson who gave a number of years to public service, and then returned to their REAL job. In an ideal world, public service would be considered a sacrifice, not something to be chased like a pack of rabid dogs. But that’s getting rather far afield.

    And don’t even get me started on the folly of basing ANYTHING on “standardized testing!”

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