• Issue of
  • Mar 2-8, 2000
  • Vol. 8, No. 9
  • Test Fever

News

  • The Standards Stampede
  • The Standards Stampede

    Governor Owens' demand for more testing and higher results -- a cry for reform or a backhanded crackdown on public education?
  • City vows to listen to the people

    In an effort to convince voters to pony up as much as $85 million for capitol improvement projects, the City Council is adopting a new approach to doing business. Its called "collaborative leadership."

Columns

  • Letters

    Readers of the Independent talk back to the editor.
  • More testing doesn't equal better teaching

    Allegations that some New York City teachers may have cheated to raise their student's test scores should surprise no one. We would do well to look at how heavy-handed demands for "tougher standards" and "accountability" not only invite cheating but also cheat children out of opportunities for meaningful learning.
  • Domestic Bliss

    There's not a parent alive who hasn't felt resentment for the sometimes thankless job of parenting. The flip side, of course, is the unadulterated joy of being able to actually give our kids something, to do something for them that is so beyond the bounds of sensible behavior that it could only be inspired by the most selfish, and fulfilling, kind of love.
  • IQ: Pop Quiz
  • IQ: Pop Quiz

    Standardized testing has become the new craze in our country's quest for better education standards.
  • The Outsider

    Last week, the D-11 administration and board beat a hasty retreat and abandoned the notion of closing a bunch of schools in low-income areas of the city. Not surpringly, the newly cobbled-together budget looks phonier than a three-dollar bill.
  • Public Eye
  • Public Eye

    Local Republicans snag Henry Hyde as the featured speaker at this Saturdays Lincoln Day Dinner, Shrub burns through about $4 million a week, and John McCains "Straight Talk Express" runs over the myth of the liberal news media.

Food & Drink

  • Deli Dilemma

    As the saying goes, all good things come to those who wait or, in this case, those who drive far enough east. Not east, as in New York east, but east as in the Galley Plaza Shopping Center where I found the New Yorker Deli.

Music

Culture

  • Yum Yum
  • Yum Yum

    Mike Leigh's delicious salute to show biz
  • Boys Night Out
  • Boys Night Out

    Think of Wonder Boys as a day off, a lazy Sunday, a late Saturday breakfast, a nap in the late afternoon.
  • Movie Picks
  • Movie Picks

    Our reviewers' recommendations for films showing on Colorado Springs area screens.
  • Big Art in Small Spaces
  • Big Art in Small Spaces

    Colorado Colleges On the Wall: A Clay Invitational in the Coburn Gallery and Kim Sayers-Newlins Under the Sun at the Bridge Gallery worth your while.

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