Garfield Teachers Resist Standardized Testing Through Pizza

Seattle Public schools have required a MAP test as a standard to all which is believed by many as a waste of time and money for students and the district. The teachers from Garfield High School came together and refused such test, which resulted positively where Seattle Schools Superintendent Jose Banda suspended the Map Test. 

A teacher from Garfield High School named Jesse Hagopian had expressed their thoughts through a boycott, which was featured in Crosscut. Hagopian and another teacher, Margaret Mead, held every staff together and discussed their views on MAP tests and voiced out their views on it. 

“We’re Mad as Hell and We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore” 

Parents were also notified of such issue and even students took a stand on it and during the MAP test, only 180 were completed out of 810. Of course, this boycott had its dark moments where Hagopian states it was difficult to stick to the stand. but because of pizza, the staff were strenghtened again. During those moments, an email arrived where teachers were required to administer the MAP test. Teachers were then called off through intercom to come by the faculty lounge. Support from a former kindergarten teacher in Florida was shown through 5 large pizzas. This pizza moment was the perfect timing and it gave them more power to continue even with the fear of suspension without pay lingering around. 

They didn't need no words to feel the support, all they needed was a pizza and they overcome what needs to be done. 

Posted by Diane Araga, on July 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM