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Illinois teacher resigns via YouTube over standardized testing

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An Illinois teacher takes to the internet to tell her bosses she's fed up with the education system in her state and country and she quits.

The video is being called 'eye opening' and we're told many teachers feel this way, including here in Austin.

The teacher whose name is reportedly Ellen Rubenstein, posted the video on YouTube last week, saying she is fed up that standardized test results are the only the factor determining how students, teachers and schools are performing.

Rubenstein posted that the 10 and a half minute video was intended for her administrators to see but was overwhelmed by the support when the video went viral. In just a week, the video has more than 400,000 views on YouTube.

In the video Rubenstein says she had intended to retire as a teacher, but has come to the conclusion that because of the current environment surrounded by standardized testing, she is not able to make a positive impact on her students.

"The emphasis in education has shifted from fostering academic and personal growth in both students and teachers to demanding uniformity and conformity. Raising student's test scores on standardized testing is now the only goal and in order to achieve it, the creativity, flexibility and spontaneity that create authentic learning environments have been eliminated," Rubenstein said. "I'm leaving my post and I too am backing down with a sad and heavy heart."

"There's no doubt that her message reignites. To cast everybody into a very narrow perspective that kid's knowledge and base of understanding can be equated in a test score is ridiculous," President of Education Austin Ken Zarifis said.

Texas lawmakers recently reduced the number of required tests from 15 to 5. Zarifis says that's a step in the right direction, but there's a long way to go.

Link to video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH9vxq1iJVM

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