Texas SBOE member Thomas Ratcliff sure sounds in this interview like he is willing to jump off the standardized test train that is barreling through Texas with Pearson Education as conductor. He says what appears to be all the right things…too much testing..too many standards..testing is sucking the creativity out of teaching and learning…
|Thomas Ratcliff Republican SBOE member|
However, the SBOE does not have the power it once had in Texas, and Ratcliff is one of the conservative members of the SBOE the same crowd that brought us such hits as “Kansas Evolution Debate Part II” and “Thomas Jefferson is Immoral because he wrote the Sepreration of Church and State Clause.”
Now, does this guy have buddies in the legislature that can hear what he is saying? Or will this become some sort of mutation where the fix is actually worse than the problem? Testing is a big business deal in Texas, and I cant belive that all the comapnies that make billionseach year in Texas alone with testing, testing prep, and the like will roll over if the legislature all of a sudden gets on a “anti-testing” kick.
Time will tell of course.