Ellie Rubenstein, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in the North Shore School District, Illinois, north of Chicago resigned her teaching position via Youtube. According to her everything she loved about teaching has become extinct. She is passionate and dedicated teacher who strives to educate and nurture her students but now is not able to do what she believes in because she is forced by the administrators to use standardized test which do not reflect higher end thinking. She feels that true spirit of teaching has been crushed by in hands of administrators.
I would like to quote something from her speech that resonated with me – “Raising students’ test scores on standardized tests is now the only goal. And in order to achieve it, the creativity, flexibility and spontaneity that create authentic learning environments have been eliminated. Everything I loved about teaching is extinct.”
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