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Peter Reynolds on facing the “testing camera”

I cried a little this morning when I watched it.

Peter H. Reynolds’ new animated short, The Testing Camera, is a frightening look at the message our focus on high-stakes testing sends to our children.  Saddened that her art class is canceled young Daisy is forced into a room to face her turn with the Testing Camera–a terrifying, blinding machine that does nothing capture her spirit or her talents.  Weeks later, her father’s response to his daughter’s disappointing snapshot is a thing a beauty.

Peter Reynolds shares:

We’ve gone through a very test-centric decade which, in my opinion, has consumed a lot of time, energy, and resources. Many teachers have had to adhere to new mandates and measures that require a ‘teach to the test’ approach. Public schools redirected funding for art, music, theater, libraries, field trips, and more. It’s a discouraging picture for those trying to reach all children in creative, engaging ways. 

This is my gift to educators to remind them to follow their instincts and remember why they got into teaching in the first place: to see the potential in every child, to nurture those emerging gifts and talents, and to change lives.

Peter shares another gift with this free poster.  And he hopes that the film will inspire constructive conversations on how to better support authentic learning in the classroom and beyond.

(Thanks to my friend, Craig Seasholes for this discovery!)

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

Comments

  1. Thank you, Joyce! I appreciate you sharing this “little-film-that-could.” I want this to chug up the hill – to The White House. Think President Obama has 4 minutes to spare? : ) I loved you words: “Saddened that her art class is canceled young Daisy is forced into a room to face her turn with the Testing Camera–a terrifying, blinding machine that does nothing capture her spirit or her talents. Weeks later, her father’s response to his daughter’s disappointing snapshot is a thing a beauty.”

    I am trying to do my part to make a difference -too many children falling through the cracks – 1.2 million kids slipping off the grid each year without a diploma. Time for some creative thinking. Forgive me, but I am getting impatient.

    Thanks again for helping spread the word – and to “connect the dots” with those who “get it” and those who don’t : ) Eventually….

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