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On Tue, 2005-08-16 at 09:24 -0400, Mark Wright wrote:
> On Aug 15, 2005, at 11:15 PM, Pete Hardie wrote:
> 
> > On 8/15/05, Jeff Hubbs <hbbs at comcast.net> wrote:
> >
> >> I grew to hate Accelerated Reader with a passion.  It basically wrung
> >> all the desire out daughter had to read out of her when she was in a
> >> Gwinnett County school.  The books were classified crazily, with  
> >> widely
> >> varying books put in the same classification, only a fraction of the
> >> books the AR instance knew about were actually available in the  
> >> library,
> >> and, what really got our goat was that the competition between  
> >> teachers
> >> for AR points resulted in good readers getting their backs broken by
> >> unethical teachers who were setting individual kids' goals.
> >>
> >> The school staff had nothing to say about any of this; in fact, they
> >> told us that the only reason they had AR was because a long-gone
> >> librarian refused to believe that some of the kids were actually  
> >> reading
> >> the books they said they were reading.  And, no telling how much this
> >> all cost, but it had to be thousands.
> >>
> >
> > What ever happend to the SRA reading tool?  I remember it from my
> > youth, and it seemed quite easy to manage without computers.
> 
> I think they still have it but it does not grade the students for you  
> and it requires more input from the teacher to use.  AR is the  
> perfect example of the deception of politics.  As I mentioned  
> earlier, I was hired to among other things install the networked  
> version of AR at a private school.  I had to prioritize some of the  
> other things so I asked the teachers what they needed most.  AR was  
> at the top of the list.  They would regale me with stories of how it  
> helped the kids learn and how the parents that put their kids here  
> wanted to see this school do it because the gov school did it.   One  
> teacher of preschool children said she had to have it because she had  
> kids that needed reading material above the picture books that she  
> had.  That really got me to wondering what this incredible program  
> was and I was worried it might be a nightmare to install.  Again,  I  
> was amazed to see all it does is ask questions and tally grades.  The  
> kids get a book from the library, read it and take the AR test on the  
> book.  At this school the student printed the test page and put it in  
> their "show to mommy" book.  It is sold as "learning through  
> computers" but it is just grading through computers.
> 
> Mark
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