Kudos to teacher for taking a stand

Three cheers and a pat on the back for the Seattle teacher, Carl Chew, for taking a stand and refusing to administer the WASL. I have believed for years that the WASL is not only wrong, but detrimental to our kids. It is a sad state when in third and fourth grade our kids our being “prepared” to take the WASL. Think of all the lost teaching opportunities because the teachers are told to teach “to the” WASL.

We need more teachers like Mr. Chew and parents to stand up and maybe the “higher ups” will realize how much they are dumbing down our kids and dump the WASL altogether and get back to the basics of teaching our kids what they really need to know to succeed in life, not just a standardized one-size-fits-all test.

Susie Balasa

Everett

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