rant in full swing! but deservedly so, it certainly seems. all in all it sounds messy, but i'm sure you'll be able to get a more thorough perspective once minor things are solidified, oh, like say, your room, your class, your subject matter.
but i'm with you on the standardized test thing. i don't understand it, but then again i've never studied the process of education, but you have and you think it's a crock, so....