cannot be forced to take the MEAP. Read this and discover how you can
beat the MEAP.
Don't Like the MEAP? Read
What's wrong with the MEAP? You know...
Practically, the MEAP shatters the progress of the curriculum
through the school year.
The MEAP robs teachers of our most precious commodity, time with kids...
The MEAP now takes up to 40% of the instructional time in many schools...
The MEAP is alien to our classrooms. It is not designed to meet/
test the specific needs and abilities of our unique children. So far, the
MEAP has guaranteed that many students fail.
The MEAP divides children, teachers, and parents--as well as schools
and school systems. It pits them one against another...in an era which
stresses cooperative learning.
The powerful message of the MEAP to kids is that THIS is the real purpose
of school...score high and set yourself free...Not. The MEAP is designed
to create safe employees, not critical thinkers.
Administration of the MEAP is conducted unevenly--some school systems
applying high pressure tactics, others simply trying to get through. The
MEAP is scored inconsistently, unfairly.
The MEAP is a racist exam, measuring race and class background,
that will reinforce segregated schooling. Parents, teachers, and kids
have nothing to gain from taking the MEAP.
Philosophically, the MEAP is a PARTISAN exam--truth is determined
by the political leanings of the people who wrote it. Truth, moreover,
is located inside the exams, and inside the minds of the people who score
it, not as it is rightfully understood as a struggle in the classroom where
people can gain and test knowledge. The MEAP is designed to deskill teachers
and to establish official, regulated, state knowledge.
MEAP scores, as with most of these exams, assesses parental income,
and little else. Authentic assessment is not a got-cha exam. It is
the steady evaluation of meaningful work over time.
The exam wrecks good schools. It demands tracking and ability groups.
It is a spectacle unto itself, kids being ordered to hold MEAP rallies,
fed special food on MEAP days, and we know full well that administrators
all over the state are cheating on the MEAP.
are Clinton and Engler united
With NEA and AFT?
How come they ALL like the MEAP?
You Can ACT on the MEAP!
(For more info on the MEAP see http://www.pipeline.com/~rgibson/dreamcensors.htm)
You CAN fight back and win.
Rouge Forum of the Metro-Detroit Whole Schooling
Consortium. Join us!
Students can simply boycott the MEAP. Stay Home.
You could get everyone to fail the MEAP if your principal refuses to cooperate
You can declare that the MEAP violates your fundamental values and ask
to be sent to the media center where you can learn something worth knowing,
rather than wasting time on the MEAP.
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