Educators and activists opposed to the high-stakes testing that has come to dominate education reform have reason to be concerned, but they may have picked a losing strategy to make their point.
More than 450 teachers and activists are gathering in Washington for the Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action, a four-day conference and rally at the White House on Saturday. The point is to push back against the administration's school-reform agenda -- particularly the reliance on high-stakes testing to evaluate students and teachers -- before the government finishes its reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.
Monday, the U.N.'s Framework Conference on Climate Change began two weeks of negotiations in Bonn, Germany, to plan the agenda for the major climate summit in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year. The talks will set the stage for whatever global agreement will replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires next year. The conference also comes just a week after the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported a record level of carbon emissions in 2010. Following the lead of the U.S., which never signed on to Kyoto, several countries that once supported the Kyoto provisions have been backing away from renewing the protocol.