Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Meow

FCAT - The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test

I know one Minorcan Factor reader who has strong feelings about it. Maybe even two.

For my out of state readers, FCAT is a test to see how well Florida public school teachers teach to the book and fulfill the beaureaucratic "Sunshine State Standards" for edumucation. Though it seeks to do so, it does not come remotely close to testing how much a student has learned in school. In my humble opinion, it only holds back true learning and creativity.

...But I am not here to complain about bureaucracy and the freedom of teachers to teach...

No, on this occasion I am here to proclaim my JOY over the administration of the writing portion of the FCAT that is occurring today at my house of learning. Being in my last semester of high school (whew!) exempts me from having to write a requisitely bland essay to "Persuade your parents to raise your allowance" (to which I would respond: "My parents do not pay me to live under their roof and eat their food")

Today I have a day off!

Maybe I'll go fishing when the moon gets high...
Maybe I'll finish planting some collard greens...
Maybe I'll edit the poem I wrote early this morning...
Maybe I'll leave it just as it is...

Maybe I'll...relaaaaaax...

HERE'S TO BUREAUCRATS!

6 comments:

Paintsmh said...

All I can say is must be nice...to have the option to GO fishing. Unless of course up here one goes ice fishing...which holds less than no appeal for me.

SwampAngel65 said...

I LOVE your answer about an allowance!

FCATs...grrrr...I hate the FCATs! Such an incredible waste of time for the students AND the teachers.

Glad you got the day off! I hope you go do some fishing. A bad day fishing is better than a good day at school ;) Enjoy!

Floridacracker said...

The FCAT is probably raising a generation of report writers while sacrificing a generation of creative writers.
So ridiculous ... follow the format like little robots and you score high.

I fear there will be few novelists or poets coming from the FCAT generation.
That makes your talent even more special!

Regarding your "maybe" list ...
maybe you'll get busy and tell us about this land deal.

Paintsmh said...

Here here FC. I think he should get busy and tell us all about it.

And the Regents exams up here in NY cause the same thing. Study to regurgitate what the government wants us to know, and yet never actually LEARN anything!!

Hurricane Teen said...

paint - It is nice. But by the time the moon was right for fishing, it was raining pretty bad.

swamp - Amen about the fishing. So much better than anything involving bright fluorescent lights and chalkboards.

FC - I knew this post would get ya goin :-D Fortunately, I do know a lot of people very interested in creative writing, so I believe there will be poets and novelists...but not like any that we have known before, I don't believe. And the post about the land will be coming soon. There's still some things that need to be hammered out.

paint - Read the end of my response to FC's comment.

Paintsmh said...

Shoot let me send you a great big sledge hammer!!!!!!! That'll get it hammered out real easy!