Two Year Olds Shooed Off Baltimore City Public School Playground Due to State Tests

When I picked up my son – age 2.5 – after work today, his babysitter told me that she, along with him and his 2-year-old playmate, had been kicked off the playground behind her house. 

“Why?” I asked.

“It’s the MSAs,” she said. 

“Oh,” I said.  


4 Comments to “Two Year Olds Shooed Off Baltimore City Public School Playground Due to State Tests”

  1. Then again, Hampden Elementary was one of very few schools that made AYP last year (Go Hampden!). Was that because they didn’t allow birds to chirp near the school in March? strategies, people! 🙂


  2. Geez Louise, the Test Believers and their corps of Enforcers of the Rules have extended their domain to include playgrounds??? This sounds like a cross between Department of Homeland Security and Leave All the Children Behind (the official policy of our country, now that the “reformers” are in charge.) Maybe it’d have been OK if the 2-year old was filling in little bubbles with a #2 pencil–you know, that extremely important life skill that the MSA tests for.


  3. That’s a priceless anecdote.


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