What Do You Think Were The Best And Worst Moments In Delaware Education In 2015?

2015.  What a year!  What were the best and worst moments?  Who were the villains and heroes?  What were the biggest issues?  Take the polls below and let us know!  This poll is only running for 24 hours, so please get your answers in ASAP!

5 thoughts on “What Do You Think Were The Best And Worst Moments In Delaware Education In 2015?

  1. I had to add some of my own.
    On a state level:
    Worst: (a person) Discovering Senator Bushweller was a liar after stating in several meetings with parents and teachers that he would support HB 50 and then voted against it; shameful.

    Second to worst (an event): When Senator Bonini performed an impromptu skit on the senate floor while debating HB 50. He pretended to be a teacher trying to convince parents of disabled or low-performing student to opt their child out of the state test. Why would he do that? To falsely portray those no-good teachers are the ones behind HB 50 and how evil, manipulative and self-serving they are…as opposed to, say politicians. Senator Sokola was applauding the loudest from across the aisle and further added that the Delaware DOE had to change from the DCAS test because teachers had learned how to cheat the results; shameful.

    Third worst: Delaware colleges and universities going along with the Governor’s farce of a publicity stunt by claiming if high schoolers take the SBA and pass it they won’t have to take placement tests upon entering college. Great publicity last year and garnered some positive reactions to the Smarter Balanced Assessment although NOW they are removing SBA and decided to only give the SATs in an effort to minimize the amount of testing. So much for eliminating those placement tests. Did anyone transitioning from high school to college ever have to take a placement test? I didn’t, no one I know ever did. Holy cow, these people are crafty!

    On a national level:
    Worst: Anyone who worked on drafting or voting in favor of ESAA. This bill only performed the following: it took the mandating of accountability and threw it back into the laps of state administrators. What really changed? Nothing, now the states have to come up with guidelines on how to hold teachers and schools accountable for test scores, oh and how to force schools to force parents to take the state tests. NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON IN CONGRESS WAS LISTENING to the people. A testing environment is not the best environment for learning, creativity or ingenuity.

    Tied to Worst: That the media is allowing the “pro-reform” movement to continue even after the long-believed misconception that U.S. students perform much lower than most other countries in the world has been debunked. The media is too involved with celebrity and shock news they can’t be bothered to report a substantive issue like this and inform the people in the U.S. that we are not bottom-feeding idiots and we are not inferior to Shanghai, Singapore, South Korea, Finland, Sweden etc. Ridiculous and appalling that people are still laboring under this misapprehension and that the powers that be are knowingly perpetuating it for corporate profit benefit.

    Thank you for allowing me to highjack your post and interject.

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    • I was also at the first Senate vote at HB50 and saw all of the shenanigans you described on the Senate floor. They were all deplorable in my opinion. All of the “counters” to House Bill 50 were predictable and shameful. In fact, I am presently working on an article which covers this very topic!

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    • Thanks Pat! I will gladly take that as a compliment! I have never pretended to not be biased about what is right for public education and students. Let me know what some of your options would be and I will run that poll. Please explain how my “world view” is wrong.

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  2. 1. What Was The Best In 2015?
    Their isn’t on positive thing accomplished or resolved on this list. I can’t say Christina has achieved anything in this past year. They have proven they are great at getting nothing done. If you are an obstructionist this list of options may be okay.

    2. Education’s Darkest Moment In 2015
    I live in Christina so it was when the second referendum failed

    3. Who Was Education’s Biggest Villain In 2015?
    Patrick T. Harker

    4. Who Was The Biggest Hero To Public Education This Year?
    I would vote for Tony Allen

    5. What Was The Biggest Issue In Public Education In 2015? (Delaware)
    I like the impact of choice, but that policy is much larger than one year. I do believe that there has been more conversation this year about, How Public Schools are funded? Referendums? Tax estimates? I would like to see these issues addressed.

    I believe your world view is limited because you don’t open yourself or your readers to more diverse options. Look at polls 3 and 4 if you had the same list of options for both polls you may learn something about how your readership views those people, but you choose an echo chamber. I perceive this poll less about learning and more about affirming your entrenched beliefs. As a reader, I appreciate information about education and what going on in Delaware. I believe you are capable of more in your posts when your commentary is less.

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