Mom slams Maryland Teachers’ Association for claiming standardized tests are ‘unsafe’ and ‘white-centric’
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A Maryland teachers’ association has blamed “white-centric contexts” for leaving some students behind academically, according to its website.
The Maryland State Education Association has listed under its “racial and social justice” page how standardized tests are biased against students of color.
“The MSEA has a long tradition of opposing dangerous standardized tests that for so many years have left behind strong students due to white-centric contexts., and strongly advocating for culturally relevant pedagogy and instructional practices, restorative approaches to maintaining safe and healthy school communities, use of trauma-informed best practices and emphasis on social-emotional learning, and access unimpeded equitable opportunities for all students,” the association said on its website. “We believe that the lives of our black and brown students matter and that all students have the fundamental right to be educated in safe, healthy and supportive learning communities and that all educators deserve safe, healthy and supportive work . environments.”
The Maryland State Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association, represents 76,000 members in the state.
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A teacher in Maryland, Julie Giordano told Fox News Digital that it represents a larger problem in Maryland education to focus on so-called “equity” at the expense of academics.
“I was actually really appalled to see this. I’m not part of the teachers’ union. I actually pulled out years ago because they don’t really support the candidates I want to support,” said Giordano, who is also running for Wicomico. county executive as a Republican.
She went on to say that Maryland is focusing on leftist programs instead of lowering literacy rates and skills.
“It’s just frustrating as a teacher,” she said. “We just lowered the bar on education. Unfortunately for students, I think they have to do the bare minimum to be successful.”
Giordano said the situation was not hopeless and people were starting to wake up.
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“I want people…to know [is] that we woke up – and it was time,” she said.
“I think we’ve been sitting with our eyes closed for a long time. And I think people are starting to see the importance of local elections, which is great. It can’t just be the presidential or even the gubernatorial race. . We really have to make sure we vote for the best people,” she said. “Change is coming…and it’s coming very soon.”