Call me Ishmael.
In order to meet the requirements of the Georgia Alternate Assessment, (GAA), I must use 11th grade materials and teach to 11th grade performance standards. There actually are some standards that my students might actually be able to do, but the state of Georgia did not put them on the list that we are to pick from.
You see, people, this is what happens when you let the federal government take over the public school system. You get the abomination known as NCLB. You get people who sit in a building thinking up crap with no knowledge of consequences. Georgia’s previous GAA did not meet federal standards, so they came up with this lunacy. Which is why, even on the state level, they don’t know beans. We end up with choices that are uniformly stinky and undesirable, much like the midterm election we recently suffered through.
So I am trying to turn my thinking around. I have to go from thinking like a teacher trying to meet the individual needs of my students to being a teacher trying to meet the requirements of the state. The requirements of the state have absolutely nothing to do with the needs of my students. So I am going to have to simply swim in a puddle with this pig known as GAA.
Or in this case, it is a whale. A big, white, evil whale. “From Hell’s heart I stab at thee!” I am going to attempt to modify the novel Moby Dick into something my students can work with. This means processing a novel of over 700 pages into one or two overlays consisting of maybe 20 picture points. I’m presently gathering up various pictorial renditions of the story using our public library system. I’ve got the Patrick Stewart video. I don’t care what it takes or what the cost, I will do it. I will keep going and going on this GAA stuff and pursue it to whatever end. There will be no escape. Day and night and night and day, I will pursue it. I will not rest until the GAA gushes its black blood into the sea! DEATH TO THE GAA!