What are the consequences for failure (whatever that is on this test) or the reward for passing?
Stick a test in front of some high school kids with no consequences and they will bubble it in and lay their heads down to sleep (or disrupt the class until they can get sent out so they can play with thier phones in "detention").
I have lost faith in testing as a way to gauge knowledge unless there is some teeth in the thing. Graduate or not graduate makes a huge difference in scores from 10th to 12th grade on standardized testing.
Policon I understand if you are uncomfortable giving out details (like I am), but do you teach history or social studies?
What do you feel is important to cover about Martin Luther King Jr?
I see that schools tend to only focus on "black civil rights" and "I Have a Dream Speech". This is only one part, and also the most Politically Correct aspect of this man's actions.
Martin Luther King Jr was also extremely active in the anti-war movement, he gave some of the best speeches of the time on the topic of Vietnam, and spoke about the problems of Capitalism and advocated a move towards Democratic Socialism. It is when he started talking about these topics that the FBI got really involved and also when he was assassinated. Most people I talk to have no idea that he even spoke about these topics. Social Studies education in this country (especially in my bass-akwards state of Texas) is a joke.
While I don't agree with all his stances, he was not an insignificant figure in the overall movement. I do agree that there are figures that had a much more significant and last impact in the civil rights movement and many of them being white men and women.
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