1. "The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of theGreat Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort. Greatest Generation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Well never see their like again. Why? From a student: Dear Reading DCAS, Why do you have to be hard? I know I do your tests in the beginning, middle, and end of the year. But doing 55 questions in 3 days is a lot. We have to take our time to get a good score, otherwise we might get a 1 and thats not good. Can we see what questions we dot right and what questions we got wrong at the end of the test? So that way we can understand why we got whatever we got wrong was wrong. I think that could help us a lot. How about that idea for next year? It really could help. Otherwise DCAS has to be THE WORST THING EVER!!! Diary of a Public School Teacher! 2. And this: Monday, April 23, 2012 The past week has been a nightmare for New York students, their teachers and their principals The past week has been a nightmare for New York students in Grades 3 through 8, their teachers and their principals. Not only were the New York State ELA exams too long and exhausting for young students, (three exams of 90 minutes each), they contained ambiguous questions that cannot be answered with assurance, problems with test booklet instructions, inadequate space for students to write essays, and reading comprehension passages that defy commonsense. students were mechanically filling in bubbles due to exhaustion NYC Public School Parents 3. In his recent State of the State address, Governor Cuomo said he wants to be an advocate for children. Let him lobby to protect their natural curiosity and love of learning from the onslaught of anti-intellectual, ends-oriented teaching practices forced on our educators by over-emphasis on standardized tests. Dear Governor: Lobby to Save a Love of Reading 4. Now, truth be told, I am a firm believer in tests, and in testing. a. There is no doubt that education, nationally, is not giving the result that I would wish. b. Tests serve as a window into the problems. c. Teaching to the test is deplored in education circles, although that complaint is easily answered: if the test faithfully mirrors the skills and knowledge set out in the standards, then preparing ones pupils to ace such a test is an honorable mission! Chester E. Finn, Jr. Former Assistant Secretary of Education, Troublemaker. d. Both challenges and competition prepare one for life. 5. But the purpose of this essay is not to convince any who have an alternate view of tests and testing .rather it is to empower. The answer is both simple and efficacious. Vouchers. The funds dedicated to education should go where the child goes, and the child goes to the kind of institution chosen by the parents. Like testing? Send your scion to a school that believes as you do. No tests .your choice, as is the school. Unschool? Homeschool? Religious School. Local school. Your free choice. Thats the conservative view....everything is political. Everything.