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The Eight Days of NCLB Hannukah



Comments from Annie: This year Hannukah fell while the kids were still in school. It is a time of year when we celebrate with family and friends, have delicious meals, and enjoy the warmth of sharing time together. Hannukah is a Festival of Lights. It is a time of hope. This year we need hope, badlyÖ

Try humming the Twelve Days of Christmas as you read this ďsongĒ to get you in the mood. (I know the words donít exactly fit the melody.)

The thing is: the standard-style fare of testing, and worksheets, and extra homework to make up for the frantic pace of ďAdvancedĒ classes and ďrigorĒ zap the life and happiness right out of our children.

The amount of homework and test scoring has the same effect on the teachers. By mid-year, they still donít even know the names of a lot of their 150-175 students; they are too busy attending to their workload.

I have one primary holiday wish this year: Letís stop this brutal act. End NCLB.

Best wishes for a happy holiday.




The Eight Days of NCLB Hannukah

On the first day of Hannukah my daughter tried to rest. But she worried over homework to be done.

On the second day of Hannukah my daughter was a wreck. She had piles of IDís for AP European, and hours more of homework to be done.

On the third day of Hannukah my daughter was unglued. She had benchmarks in Honors Chemistry, she had piles of IDís for AP European, and hours more of homework to be done.

On the fourth day of Hannukah my daughter felt depressed. She had testing in Algebra II, She had homework in Honors Chemistry, she had piles of IDís for AP European, and hours more of homework to be done.

On the fifth day of Hannukah my daughter was a mess. She had worksheets for Honors English, she had homework in Honors Chemistry, she had piles of IDís for AP European, she had homework in Algebra II, and hours more of homework to be done.

On the sixth day of Hannukah my daughter cried and cried. She had Winter Holiday Concert, she had worksheets for Honors English, she had homework in Honors Chemistry, she had piles of IDís for AP European, she had homework in Algebra II, and hours more of homework to be done.

On the seventh day of Hannukah my daughter dragged to school, she was exhausted from staying up late to do her homework after the Winter Holiday Concert, she had benchmarks in Honors English, she had homework in Honors Chemistry, she had a test in AP European, she had homework in Algebra II, and hours more of homework to be done.

On the eighth day of Hannukah my daughter started her winter break. She had hours more of homework to be done.

— Anne E. Levin Garrison


2006-12-21


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