Indefinitely Not

A question asked by one of my seniors during a lesson in my English class:
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G: Is these are the indefinite pronouns?
Mr. C: Let’s just start over.
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Good Dog

Write a story about something important to you:

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Well I have a dog she is a good dog she look out for me when I’m sleep. She make sure the houes is on and she knows how to catch the ball when I tell her to and she give it back when I tell her to. She is not a mean dog but when I tell her to she will be tho. If she don’t know you she will try to fight you and she like to fight other dogs to. But that my dog and she is good she raelly nice once she get to know you she will like you. But that all I have to say about my dog and that is the end. Well let talk about me I I’m a good people I dont really like to fight but if I have to I will so you really dont wanna do that.
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My students have good intentions.


TCAP and the Major Flaw of the Educational System

I have been preparing my 11th grade students for the TCAP writing prompt for weeks now. They have been writing about all kinds of different topics. I have been helping them structure their essays but told them they were on their own on the actual test. On the day of the test, I walked around and monitored them. I glanced at one of my students prompts and it read as follows:
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The Department of Education has been doing studies on the benefits of single gender education as opposed to coeducation schools. Do you believe that single gender schools are more or less effective than coeducational schools in terms of concurrent, quantifiable academic accomplishments?

R: “Well I believe that schools should be boys and girls because if not than boys would get gay and that would be bad.”

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I disagree with the method of standardized testing; across the board. I think tests should be catered to the students academic level of understanding. We cannot expect to test all students in one fail swoop because they all come from different backgrounds and learning environments. Some students have learning and cognitive disabilities and therefore cannot be expected to excel in a writing prompt. I believe that this is a major flaw in our education system.