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Tue Apr 9, 2013, 08:39 PM

The Atlanta Teacher Aptitude Test (ATAT)

By DAN ZEVIN
Published: April 6, 2013
Please use a sharp No. 2 pencil and gloves to fill in each circle completely or maybe a little less.

1. Agree or Disagree? It is my duty as a pedagogue to help each and every pupil arrive at the correct answer.



2. When helping each and every pupil arrive at the correct answer, which pedagogical method do you find most effective?

(a) memorization

(b) deconstruction

(c) jumbo eraser



3. A troubled student has defaced the playground with graffiti that reads, This school sucks. Would you:

(a) defer to the school psychologist

(b) vigorously scrub the k with turpentine and spray paint the letters c, e, e, d in its place.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/opinion/sunday/the-atlanta-teacher-aptitude-test-atat.html

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n2doc Apr 2013 OP
mbperrin Apr 2013 #1
roody Apr 2013 #2
LWolf Apr 2013 #3
duffyduff Apr 2013 #4
FBaggins Apr 2013 #5
proud2BlibKansan Apr 2013 #6

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 10:45 PM

1. Looks good!

Some of this is being used in Texas as well.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 01:22 AM

2. Is this a joke?

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Response to roody (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 08:18 AM

3. It is clearly satire,

if you read the whole "test."

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 11:55 AM

4. The problem with this satire is that the testing scandal

 

wasn't created by teachers willy-nilly; when they did it it was under extreme pressure from administrators.

The "satire" seems to not get the fact teachers have very little control over their working conditions. If they dare stand up for what is ethical, they can be railroaded out of their jobs and out of teaching altogether by their administrators.

I didn't find this "satire" particularly funny as a result.

Given it was published by the teacher-hating NYT, it's no wonder I didn't find it funny at all.

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 12:36 PM

5. Only about 1/3rd of those indicted were teachers.

If they dare stand up for what is ethical, they can be railroaded out of their jobs and out of teaching altogether by their administrators.

So if the choice is between doing the ethical thing (that they surely knew was the ethical thing) and risk your job... or doing the unethical thing and risk going to jail (and losing your job and hopes for future jobs)?

We can agree that this isn't a situation that any teacher should ever have to face... but not that it's a tough call.

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 11, 2013, 11:29 AM

6. I don't find it funny either.

I'm also concerned that there was a very public perp walk for African American women who have been charged.

Lots doesn't seem right in this story.

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