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Learning CLOSED- Million Dollar Test in Progress

In less than two weeks, schools will be closing down instruction for several hours so that 10th graders can be forced to take the PSAT. I just confirmed that schools will need to shut down for over three hours for this test. Yes, students will be stuck in one class for three hours. If I was forced to do this I might just stay home that day and read a book or visit the zoo- you know- educational stuff.

Q: What if I HATE the SAT and only want to take ACT?

Typical response from a district:  “Just try it. You might get a scholarship.”

Q: What if I do not want to take this test?

Typical response from a district: “Too bad Charlie Potatoes! The state threw aw… uh… paid the College Board over one million dollars. You will test and you will like it.” 

Q: But this test was not designed to be forced on people was it?

Typical response from a district: “No, just kids like you who don’t know your rights to opt out.”

Q: I am missing a great science lab and also my history class is recreating the Battle of the Somme using 3D computer graphics. My music class is listening to a great piece by Dvorak. Can I do all of those things today?

Typical response from a district: “Are you nuts kid? This is Florida and we TEST rain or shine baby!”

Q: But why?

Typical response from a district: “Run along child. Room 5b Seat 7.” Thanks for flying Florida Testing Services. Buckle up!”

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