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Recipe for CSAP Squares

This Recipe Poem from Colorado teachers about their mandatory state test sums up the NCLB’s effect on the classroom.

CSAP Squares

21 unique children
4 inch binder of unrealistic expectations
1 dash data
2 heaping cups writing prompts (the more bland the better)
1 pinch practice papers

Mix all dry ingredients together.
Sift out originality and creativity and dispose of immediately.
Combine children and prompts and expectations together in a pressure cooker for 7 months.
Boil out their brains until they all taste the same.
Cut into even squares and serve.

Trish Zurlinden , Eileen Lien, and Carol Mentasti

— Colorado Teachers
Barry Lane Workshop



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