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Teacher Resigns Via YouTube, Blames Standardized Testing

teacher quits via youtube, iquityoucantfiremeIn a compelling ten minute video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, a clearly passionate and dedicated teacher resigned her teaching position while blaming the upswing in focus on standardized testing and data-driven teaching.

In a powerful qteacher quits via youtube, iquityoucantfiremeIn a compelling ten minute video uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday, a clearly passionate and dedicated teacher resigned her teaching position while blaming the upswing in focus on standardized testing and data-driven teaching.

In a powerful quote, she says, “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.”

Watch the whole thing. She’s been identified as Ellie Rubenstein, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in the North Shore School District in Highland Park, Illinois, north of Chicago. She’d received notice of an involuntary school transfer prompted, according to the superintendent of the school district, by a “negative school climate.”

Take a look at the video; do you think she has a valid point?

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