DR. SUE REPORTS HOW IOWA EDUCATION GOT STUCK ON STUPID

11-17-17

Greetings, Legislature Education Committees, Iowa Association of School Boards and all—

Please forward this post to all Iowa school boards.  Thank you.

The following links take you to websites showing how badly Iowa education is stuck on stupid. They show  the importance of knowing how Iowa got there, explained farther below.  It is noteworthy the stuck on stupid Cedar Rapids school district had over 1,000 students enroll-out in 2015-2016—along with a $6 million reduction in state funding.  And it stupidly wants to close old schools and build new, bigger schools to accommodate its shrinking enrollment, with Gazette backing of course. 

Three things to get Iowa education off stuck on stupid are presented farther below, followed by a chart showing status and expectations.

LINKS TO HOW BADLY IOWA EDUCATION IS STUCK ON STUPID

DR. SUE RESPONDS TO REGISTER'S FAILED TEACHER LEADERSHIP ARTICLE

ADMITTING & GETTING IOWA K-12 EDUCATION OFF STUCK ON STUPID

DR. SUE SAYS, STOP MANIPULATION (DUMBING) OF IOWA'S NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENT

DR. SUE ATKINSON EXPLAINS ACT SCORES TO LEGISLATORS

IA DEPT. OF EDUCATION SELECTS BEST STUDENT ASSESSMENT TO MANIPULATE

STUDENT SURVEY FOR ESSA CREATES MORE EXCUSES FOR SCHOOL FAILURES

DR. SUE ATKINSON'S RESEARCH PROVIDES VITAL NAEP ETC. DATA TO IOWA LEGISLATORS

ESSA THIRD DRAFT PLAN PERFORMANCE SCORES

DES MOINES REGISTER BLATANTLY HIDES POOR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE

ISEA TEACHERS UNION CONTROLLED BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORISTS

RESPONSE TO REGISTER EXECUTIVE EDITOR'S MISGUIDED EDITORIAL

TWO LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS FAIL IN IOWA SCHOOL REPORT CARD

 IOWA K-12 SCHOOLS REACH CRISIS LEVEL

IOWA AGRICULTURE PERFORMANCE DWARFS K-12 SCHOOLS

HARMFUL DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY IMPACT ON STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

SPECIAL EDUCATION COSTS DRIVEN BY DEFECTIVE STUDENT THEORY

IOWA SCHOOLS INFLATE 'A' GRADES AND STUDENT PROFICIENCIES

CEDAR RAPIDS SCHOOL DISTRICT'S CHILD ABUSE TRAIL OF TEARS

HOW & WHY IOWA ADOPTED THE  LOWEST STUDENT PROFICIENCY STANDARD IN MIDWEST

COMPARE IOWA READING TEST SCORES FOR ALL GRADES TESTED 2015-2016

To understand how to get Iowa education back on track with the rest of the world, a brief history of how it went awry is important, and is as follows:

1.   Shortly after 1900, the U.S. chose to abandon the classical system of education, based on concepts, which had been around and developed for thousands of years (even Plato wrote about it roughly 2400 years ago).  The reason given at the time was that the large number of immigrants (which the U.S. considered defective because of a false belief that eugenics was real science) made it impossible to keep up standards.

2.   The next significant change – from concepts altogether to a system of memorization – came after the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court to integrate schools.  Discrimination was, once again, the foundation for this change.

3.   Because of the false belief in defective students, educators using methods for memorization did not question their methods, putting all the blame for lack of success on the student victims.

4.   1973 legislation created Special Education, with its increased funding.  Because the legislature did not require a medical diagnosis, educators could label as being disabled, any student they didn’t teach.    

5.   The ISEA teachers union was certified and it blatantly focused on money to the detriment of  student achievement, parents, taxpayers and State finances.

6.   In addition to continually lowering standards to artificially appear to be doing OK, low test scores were not counted to further inflate the results – all the while never considering a reassessment of the teaching methods being used.

7.   By 2001, after many requests to get back on track, the government finally had to step in with No Child Left Behind (notice the carefully-chosen wording), giving schools thirteen years to get back on track – but educators had no assessment skills to reassess their teaching methods or curriculum, so a national panel developed the Common Core (based on concepts)

8.   According to a 2016 assessment elementary training programs by the National Council for Teacher Quality, followed by a 2017 assessment of middle and high school training programs, Iowa’s continue to use the wrong materials, thereby continuing ineffective teaching methods.

9.   The Iowa education system completely lacks the ability to design assessments based on determining student proficiencies in understanding and applying concepts, so those assessments must now be purchased from out of state.

10.   Iowa falsely touts student proficiencies using low standards while sinking in the rankings on NAEP (which uses higher national standards).

11.   The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016, and recent Supreme Court decisions, recognize that the continued discrimination of falsely blaming students for achievement gaps and low proficiencies violates the civil rights of those students, so Iowa educators no longer point to these as excuses, but neither have they reassessed their teaching methods SIXTEEN YEARS AFTER NCLB.

12.   Iowa teacher attempt to write a math curriculum was so embarrassing they had to replace it with the Common Core.   Attempts to write a reading curriculum was just as bad, but they kept making changes (with the last change in December 2016) until it more closely resembles the Common Core now.

13. The ESSA plan for Iowa to close one of the widest achievement gaps in the country – due to the continued discrimination and wrong materials in teacher training programs – lacks the ability to work, AND Dir. Ryan Wise touted a number of programs the state has developed as “evidence” of Iowa’s efforts (in spite of the fact these have all failed).

THREE THINGS TO GET IOWA OFF STUCK ON STUPID

For Iowa to get back on track with the rest of the world, the following needs to happen:

1)   Just as addicts must be able to admit they have a problem before any attempt to address it can work, Iowa educators must admit they have a problem in stopping the discrimination against students and learning how to properly assess teaching methods as the issue.

2)   Iowa educators need to admit to the public they are victims of a dysfunctional system, along with everyone else educated in the public school system in the past fifty years.

3)   Iowa educators should offer to help remediate those adults who want to improve on the education they received – ONCE EDUCATORS HAVE SUCCESSFULLY RECEIVED REMEDIATION THEMSELVES--FROM THE STATES THAT HAVE ALREADY FIGURED THIS OUT.

The following chart shows the % levels for those stuck on stupid and expectations for them getting off of it by 2019.  The Iowa legislature just recently passed the new collective bargaining law which will be discussed and commended in the next Iowalive report.  By comparison, the Cedar Rapids Gazette editorial board and ISEA are hopeless cases of stuck on stupid.

STUCK ON STUPID STATUS AND EXPECTATIONS

Anyone claiming to have  better numbers is asked to provide them. 

Stay tuned for a report on favorable results to be achieved with the legislature’s enactment of the new Collective Bargaining law.  There is some reason for hope!

Sue Atkinson, PhD

P. O. Box 301

Baxter IA 50028

641-227-3786

http://www.iowalive.net/

Sincerely,

Iowalive  A growing network of volunteer citizens and professionals for improving Iowa