National Fill in The Stupid Little Bubble Month!
The American Society for Ethics in Education salutes those fine educators who
celebrated the sencond Annual "National Fill in the Stupid Little Bubble Month" - April
in honor of the current practice of INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE that is
commonly called "Standardized Testing." As noted elsewhere on this site, standardized testing allows some
schools to obtain kudos for falsely reporting test score information as
they climb the ladder to obtain the "National Blue Ribbon Award" from
the United States Department of Education!
There is something VERY wrong
with our schools when children are subjected, intentionally, to
hours/days/months of endless "drill and kill" to prepare for these
tests that are now being given to children as young as Kindergarten. Perhaps we
should REQUIRE the morons who develop and insist on administering these tests to
submit to some form of testing themselves as a condition of employment. Hey,
wait a minute, if that happened, no one would pass and our children would be
free to really LEARN! :)
ASEE would like to see (with all due sarcasm) "Test Mania" added to
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of
Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-4) of the American
Psychiatric Association. Perhaps this horrible disorder should be classified
under "Personality Disorders." What do you think? Have any ideas? ASEE
is now soliciting suggestions, from educators, as to what the personality
characteristics of those obsessed with standardized testing would be.
Please send all suggestions, for inclusion on this page, to: Test_Mania@edethics.org
. Thank you for helping to prevent child abuse!
Test Mania -
The Nation's Most Prevalent and Pernicious Psychiatric Disorder!
Actions Taken by Other Organizations Regarding Standardized Testing
Suggestions on Celebrating "Pop the Stupid Little Bubble Month"
- Gather up as many Kindergarten and First Grade Students as possible, give
them each a bottle of bubbles (with a wand, of course!) and let 'em have at
it during your local school board meetings!
- Submit your idea (lesson
plans or activities) here.
"Pop the Stupid Little Bubble Month" Poetry
What did they do before going insane,
School Boards obsessed with tests so inane!
Bet you can do better than that! Submit
your ideas by clicking here *.
ASEE's First Submission!
Here's an anti-SAT9 song that I
adapted for California:
A New STAR Song
(Sung to the tune of "Gilligan's Island" theme song.)
For SAT 9's we teach the test. The
kids, they learn by rote.
And if our scores don't go up soon,
we'll surely miss the boat.
Surely miss the boat.
We teach Test Best for three full
days, fill in bubbles so you see,
There's so much stuff on this ol'
test that makes no sense to me.
It makes no sense to me.
If we complain, we're shown the
door, there is no room to doubt.
This test has got me so wound up, I
feel the need to shout.
Feel the need to shout.
The test is all we teach for
months, there's nothing new to see.
We cover less material than the way
it used to be.
The way it used to be.
My kids know much not on this test,
it's very clear to all.
But the test is all we care
about... let's shove them out the hall.
Shove them out the hall.
They'll pass the test, but fail
their life, and is this really fair?
You're really quite a trusting soul
If you think Gray Davis will really
If you think Gray Davis will really
Yours In Bubble Bursting,
Gary in California
"Ghost 'Star9s' in the
|(This is a tongue in
cheek song we sang at our district's annual BBQ last
year and we won first prize in the talent dept. STAR is what our district
has named the Stanford 9 tests.)
submitted by Chris
"STAR Marshals on the Go!"
(Sung to the tune of “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”)
We take the oath of silence,
and we never break a rule.
All over California,
it's the same at every school.
While passing out the booklets
the students start to shake
They're smart enough to notice,
their future is at stake.
Yippi - Yi - Yay, Yippi - Yi -Yo,
We're STAR Marshals on the go!
We test the best. We test the rest
And all who're in between.
No one's yet been clever enough to
dodge this nasty scheme.
It's no use to whine and whimper or
lot of tears.
No one's getting out of this-- it's the worst
of all their fears. (Chorus)
The tests are then collected;
held under lock and key
There's never been a greater fuss
The nation, to be sure’s at risk,
don't let the secret out,
That in life's greater plan,
this testing doesn't count. (Chorus)
We stress them out and wring them dry
Of everything they've learned.
All to give ‘em a total score
to see what points they've earned.
It’s a yearly rite of passage
It happens every spring
We’re here to answer that duty call
Until the final bell rings. (Chorus)
"Pop the Stupid Little Bubble Month" Music
Okay, music teachers - submit your MIDI
Files Here for all to enjoy*! ASEE respectfully requests that only midi
files be submitted as they are relatively small and you will also be able to add
lyrics to your score (most midi programs will allow this).
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