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From the Ted Talk by Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So here's the other thing. I'm a ttseer guy. I believe you need data, you need iiamoorfntn, because you work at something, you think it's working, and you find out it's not working. I mean, you're eaurdotcs. You work, you say, you think you've got it, great, no? And you find out they didn't get it. But here's the problem with tstineg. The testing that we do — we're going to have our test in New York next week — is in April. You know when we're going to get the results back? Maybe July, maybe June. And the results have great data. They'll tell you raeehm really struggled, couldn't do two-digit multiplication — so great data, but you're getting it back after shcool is over. And so, what do you do? You go on vacation. (Laughter) You come back from vacation. Now you've got all of this test data from last year. You don't look at it. Why would you look at it? You're going to go and teach this year. So how much money did we just spend on all of that? Billions and billions of dorllas for data that it's too late to use. I need that data in September. I need that data in November. I need to know you're struggling, and I need to know whether or not what I did ctercreod that. I need to know that this week. I don't need to know that at the end of the year when it's too late.

Open Cloze

So here's the other thing. I'm a ______ guy. I believe you need data, you need ___________, because you work at something, you think it's working, and you find out it's not working. I mean, you're _________. You work, you say, you think you've got it, great, no? And you find out they didn't get it. But here's the problem with _______. The testing that we do — we're going to have our test in New York next week — is in April. You know when we're going to get the results back? Maybe July, maybe June. And the results have great data. They'll tell you ______ really struggled, couldn't do two-digit multiplication — so great data, but you're getting it back after ______ is over. And so, what do you do? You go on vacation. (Laughter) You come back from vacation. Now you've got all of this test data from last year. You don't look at it. Why would you look at it? You're going to go and teach this year. So how much money did we just spend on all of that? Billions and billions of _______ for data that it's too late to use. I need that data in September. I need that data in November. I need to know you're struggling, and I need to know whether or not what I did _________ that. I need to know that this week. I don't need to know that at the end of the year when it's too late.

Solution

  1. school
  2. tester
  3. testing
  4. educators
  5. raheem
  6. corrected
  7. dollars
  8. information

Original Text

So here's the other thing. I'm a tester guy. I believe you need data, you need information, because you work at something, you think it's working, and you find out it's not working. I mean, you're educators. You work, you say, you think you've got it, great, no? And you find out they didn't get it. But here's the problem with testing. The testing that we do — we're going to have our test in New York next week — is in April. You know when we're going to get the results back? Maybe July, maybe June. And the results have great data. They'll tell you Raheem really struggled, couldn't do two-digit multiplication — so great data, but you're getting it back after school is over. And so, what do you do? You go on vacation. (Laughter) You come back from vacation. Now you've got all of this test data from last year. You don't look at it. Why would you look at it? You're going to go and teach this year. So how much money did we just spend on all of that? Billions and billions of dollars for data that it's too late to use. I need that data in September. I need that data in November. I need to know you're struggling, and I need to know whether or not what I did corrected that. I need to know that this week. I don't need to know that at the end of the year when it's too late.

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