There is something I want to say about these "Slam The Exam!" and "Rock That Test!" rallies.
It is stupid to put children into uniforms and have them chant slogans about "slamming" and "rocking" the test.
Yes, I know people have pep rallies for all kinds of things, from sports to politics, but there are few things more demoralizing and dehumanizing than having kids physically act out how they are going to "rock that test!"
Seriously, do you think Obama's kids are chanting this kind of crap at Sidwell Friends School?
Or John King's kids at their Montessiori school?
The fetishization of high stakes testing, from the way the politicians and the "education leaders" talk about it to the way outfits like Gotham Schools cover it, really needs to stop.