Monday, April 24, 2006

Tests R Stoopid

Jinny Sims and the BCTF is objecting to the Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) testing taking place next month because the tests do not follow their Union philosophy.
"That's right, those tests are more wronger than anything", a spokesperson for the BCTF exclaimed. "Nuttin' good can come from them. In fact them things are bad!"
However, according to a brochure on the BCTF website, the FSAs have a negative impact on students, teachers, and quite possibly the reason why the Canucks did not make the playoffs. As a consequence, the BCTF want parents to pull their kids from school during the 11 days when the tests are being held.
"Dat's correct", the spokesperson continued. "Just like how Napoleon pulled out of Germany in 1911, we expect parents to pull their kids out of school until we implement our better plan."
A better plan? This is intriguing. If there is a better solution than having tests which confirm student's understanding of content and the effectiveness of teaching then this could be a benefit to all.
"Here's the plan. Instead of grades, performance and ability being indicators, Jinny and her posse want the Union test to be implemented."
What exactly is the "Union test"?
"Seniority! We believe it is a fairer way of doing things and prepares these future donors, er saps, er, I mean Union Members to assimilate, er, I mean integrate into our union cult, er, I mean culture."
What? This plan makes no sense. This means kids born in November or December will always be rated behind the students born in say January or February regardless of actual ability.
"This plan makes sense.", our spokesperson friend concluded. "Look, the Government will never agree with Jinny's awesome plan because they mix like oil and vinegar. When the BCTF meeted for our Annual General Meeting last month in Vancouver, the capital of BC, we came up with this plan. As well, the plan to not sign a new contract by June 30th screwing the teachers out of their $4,000 signing bonus and then shutting down the schools in September was also discusseded."
Well, at least they got the pronunciation of that last word almost correct.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How frustrating is this! How can these tests possibly be "harmfull" to our children? I heard Jinny on CKNW Friday Morning and she said "tests are bad"
And teachers follow her?

Monday, April 24, 2006 11:46:00 AM  
Anonymous The Hits Keep Coming said...

This is too funny, but also scary. I can just see tomorrow's generation of leaders using "R" instead of "are" or "meeted" instead of "met."

The fact is these tests have been around for years if not decades. They don't count against the student's grades. And they'll help identify areas where students might be weak in reading, writing, or math. How's that bad?

This is another example of a militant BCTF fighting the government, its members (careful teachers you might be black-balled if you conduct FSA tests), and parents.

Monday, April 24, 2006 12:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like the BC Liberals, the BCTF executive is democratically elected by those they serve.

Monday, April 24, 2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

If you're worried about your child in particular, look at THEIR tests. If there seems to be a further issue then have them tested by the school's learning assistance teacher.
As I have heard before and everyone knows, The BC Liberals ministry-wide tests are political, not educational.
The public is ignorant when it comes to testing.

Monday, April 24, 2006 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully our children are better educated than Jinny Sims when it comes to knowledge around these tests. Jinny didn't even know long the FSA took to complete when Bill Good asked her that question on Friday.

Monday, April 24, 2006 12:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Frank Howitz said...

I agree with Jinny and the BCTF on this one. Seriously. Soceity should ban all "tests" entirely.
I have been forced to take a test that I think is demeaning and shows complete lack of respect for my age. And it's very stressful.
My driving is fine! This could give me a heart attack.
Frank Howitz (age 95)

Monday, April 24, 2006 12:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Union organizers intimidate teachers and less than 50% vote at an AGM. Democracy has nothing to do with BCTF election or any decision making (on behalf of teachers)

Monday, April 24, 2006 1:53:00 PM  
Anonymous RCW said...

Yes, the trouble with those kinds of test are that they also show whether the TEACHERS are doing their job too. We can't have that. Leave them alone and let them run their little money losing companies around the world.
The old saying applies:
Them that can, do. Them that can't, teach.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:47:00 AM  
Anonymous hoffman said...

Teachers need the right to form their own 'professional association' so they can get away from the Union leftist ideological autocracy.

BCXTF officials enjoy a free ride thanks to the government that refuses to give teachers the choice of opting out.

With five years education, you'd think teachers would be deemed capable of being given 'choice'. For many decades, women were also deemed unworthy of being given 'choice'. All teachers need is to be given choice by the government to decide whether they want to be represented by BCTF or an association similar to what represents the Principals. Why on earth are teachers denied choice? The College provides professional standards, so what does the leftist union provide, except lack of choice.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006 7:15:00 PM  

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