I thought my recording of the Delaware Senate legislative session covering House Bill 50 would have able to be transcribed, but I’ll have to tinker with it and see if I can muffle some sounds (like the tip tap of me typing live during it). I especially want to get the part with the Milford special education teacher, Jesse Parsley on here. I’ll do my best.
Every single teacher I talked to about his testimony thought it was very flawed compared to their experience, including a couple teachers at the very school he teaches at. None of them had such a flawless Smarter Balanced Assessment implementation. They ALL took offense about his “teaching to the test” comments and if teachers are doing that then they aren’t doing it right.
Interesting facts continue to come my way about Mr. Parsley. I’ll hold off on some of them cause I don’t like to go the personal route. But I find it bizarre to say the least. It almost seemed as if he was my counter, as a special education teacher, to somehow discount the problems numerous special education teachers and parents of special needs children have been saying. If nobody else agrees with you, what does that make your testimony in front of a room full of state senators?
I’m sure certain people will take offense I am singling out Mr. Parsley, but he can take the credit for that. If you want to go public about a controversial topic, you should expect some controversy, especially when most people aren’t on the same page as you. I’ll opt out of the Parsley thank you very much!
If you are wondering about the odd title, it’s from a Simon and Garfunkel song from back in the 1960’s. I’m showing my age here (even though I was technically born in the 1970’s).