I've gotten a couple of emails about data walls in schools, an initiative apparently being pushed by the folks at the central office to highlight student performance in schools. Is this desperate, or just determined? You make the call:
"Designed for display in a public area of the
school, the wall will remind every student, from the lowest to the
highest scorers, just where they stand in relation to their peers, sort
of like those reading groups of old where the poor readers were
labeled blackbirds and the highest, the bluebirds I do not understand
how anyone who claims to care for children could resort to
humiliation as a tactic to raise test scores, but it has come to that
and it makes me sick. I feel
this is like communist Russia -- let's sacrifice the dignity of the
individual for the collective good."
That's one educator's view of the idea. What do you think? Do they have these walls up in your school? How do the kids and teachers react?