NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LVII: Closing the Testing Horror Show

Let’s have a perfect ending(s), at least cinematically, to our very imperfect Film Festival and school year. There will almost certainly be “afterparty” clips next week, but 57 days “celebrating” anything is enough…just ask the parents of a currently graduating 2015 high school Senior. How many ceremonies must one sit through? But I both digress and whine,… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LVII: Closing the Testing Horror Show

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LV: I Heart Teaching, Not Testing

This one goes out to all the New Mexico teachers who don’t quite fit the numbers and profile needed to be found consistently “effective” in the horribly constructed, statistically irrelevant and arrogantly flaunted bullshit that is the *Public Education Department Teacher Evaluation System.  Of course, that category includes just about all teachers, so let’s narrow… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LV: I Heart Teaching, Not Testing

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LIV: KOYPARCCISQATSI, Education Out of Balance

I swear it’s taking longer to finish Testing Season 2015 than it takes this damn 747 to take off. Urban freeway traffic is the focus of the still frame of the clip above from Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 look at modern life, “Koyaanisqatsi,” but it’s the damn airplane I remember most from this scene. Philip Glass singers… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LIV: KOYPARCCISQATSI, Education Out of Balance

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LIII: EOC + Evaluation = The Bell Curve Seventh Seal

I’ll be even more brief than this short scene from Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” (1957).  The character Death saws down the tree holding an actor who is first blithely unaware, then unable to argue his way out.  His upcoming performance at the All-Saints Festival is cancelled on “account of death.”  Teachers, as we administer our own… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LIII: EOC + Evaluation = The Bell Curve Seventh Seal

NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LI: PARCC, Summative Evaluations and the Living Dead

I’m somewhere around the middle, this early morning, of a 24-hour sojourn that spans a veritable Mount Whitney and Death Valley of public educator experiences.  Last night I got to attend the Academic Letter Ceremony at Albuquerque High, celebrating graduating seniors who kept a 3.5 GPA or better through all eight semesters.  Medals were placed, Olympics-style, around the necks… Read More NMPSPE Film Festival, Day LI: PARCC, Summative Evaluations and the Living Dead