The Community Room at the Pittsford Barnes and Noble was overflowing this past weekend when David Hursh, associate professor at the Warner School of Education and author of High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education, met with area educators and parents to discuss the damage of NCLB on today’s children. David read a short excerpt from his book, and then the floor was open to an intense and passionate discussion from community members about the effects of high-stakes testing in our schools. The conversation focused on topics such as ways that schools can be held accountable in ways other than high-stakes testing and the effects of NCLB on graduation rate, ESL students, and students with disabilities.
David will be speaking again on March 19, 2008 at Rochester’s School Without Walls. This event will be hosted by the Coalition for Common Sense in Education, and a panel will include Bill Cala (former Superintendent of the Fairport and Rochester City Schools) and Adam Urbanski (from the Rochester Teachers Association).