If you have a Facebook account, you could join one or all these groups: Children are more than test scores , Testing hurts kids , or Dump Duncan. If you don't have a Facebook account, it might be worth opening one up solely to join these groups. These groups are growing stronger exponentially through word of mouth, being sought out, and necessity.
The Pattern on the Rug
I find this article the definitive answer to "What's happening in education?" If you read my article, Culture Change or Paradigm Shift, this is Ravitch's stronger, more universal perspective on where education will head without increasing opposition and change.
This is a must see! Empirical evidence that standardized testing is harmful to creativity, students' ability to problem solve, and why studying to "pass the test" is detrimental to learning. Same case could be made for why all the incentivized teacher evaluations are creating worsening conditions in schools.
If you only have 4 minutes, be sure to watch minutes from 1:40 to 4:40, then 9:30 - 10:00.
Sign up here as a statement against the direction government is heading.
Here's an excellent article to copy and put in the teacher's lounge:
Why Kids Hate School “While early formal instruction may appear to show good test results at first, in the long term, in follow-up studies, such children have had no advantage. On the contrary, especially in the case of boys, subjection to early formal instruction increases their tendency to distance themselves from the goals of schools, and to drop out of it, either mentally or physically.” —Lilian G. Katz, Professor Emeritus, U. of Illinois