Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011
* The state will no longer test 11th graders for writing skills…
I’m not a huge fan of standardized tests. I’m also not that into the grammar police. Heck, I couldn’t diagram a sentence if you put a gun to my head.
But I learned very early in life that writing forces one to actually think. Sometimes, I don’t even know where I stand on an issue until I write about it. Other times, I’ve changed my mind in the middle of a column or a blog post and had to redo everything. That’s one of the reasons I hector my commenters here. When people are pressed to express an original thought, minds can be opened. I’ve seen it happen many times.
* Yet, in today’s education world, once the testing requirement is removed, the bottom falls out of the incentive to teach the subject …
Total savings from eliminating this test? $2.4 million.
Teaching people to write is akin to the age-old proverb about teaching a hungry man to fish. This cut is absolutely the wrong way to go.
* Speaking of the budget, does Gov. Pat Quinn even know what he proposed earlier this year? Apparently not.
A group of pastors complained yesterday about how the new state budget drastically cuts funds for indigent burials. Quinn was pressed on the issue by reporters yesterday and he said he’d do what he could to make sure “there is a decent funeral for anyone,” adding, “It is something I take to heart.” However…