Wednesday, November 15, 2006

An Educational System Analogy

As the other wonks try to dissect the latest testing numbers, let's put a little perspective into it with a cutesy analogy.

But while you are trudging through those numbers, remember that it is only a moment in time. We are, in some way, comparing apples to oranges as the new test that was taken was a more difficult and rigorous exam. It will take a few years of comparing the same test to their respective results, rather than congulating some type of comparison to a totally different testing instrument.

On with the fun:
The New Education System ---The Football Version

1. All teams must make the state playoffs and all MUST win the championship. If a team does not win the championship, they will be on probation until they are the champions, and coaches will be held accountable. If after two years they have not won the championship their footballs and equipment will be taken away UNTIL they do win the championship.

2. All kids will be expected to have the same football skills at the same time even if they do not have the same conditions or opportunities to practice on their own. NO exceptions will be made for lack of interest in football, a desire to perform athletically, or genetic abilities or disabilities of themselves or their parents.

3. Talented players will be asked to workout on their own, without instruction. This is because the coaches will be using all their instructional time with the athletes who aren't interested in football, have limited athletic ability or whose parents don't like football.

4. Games will be played year round, but statistics will only be kept in the 4th, 8th, and 11th game.

It will create a New Age of Sports where every school is expected to have the same level of talent and all teams will reach the same minimum goals. If no child gets ahead, then no child gets left behind.

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