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When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids - The Answer Sheet - The Washingto... - 6 views

  • A test that can determine a student’s future life chances should surely relate in some practical way to the requirements of life. I can’t see how that could possibly be true of the test I took.”
  • “If I’d been required to take those two tests when I was a 10th grader, my life would almost certainly have been very different. I’d have been told I wasn’t ‘college material,’ would probably have believed it, and looked for work appropriate for the level of ability that the test said I had.
  • “It makes no sense to me that a test with the potential for shaping a student’s entire future has so little apparent relevance to adult, real-world functioning.
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  • Those decisions are shaped not by knowledge or understanding of educating, but by ideology, politics, hubris, greed, ignorance, the conventional wisdom, and various combinations thereof. And then they’re sold to the public by the rich and powerful.
  • “It’s education by humiliation,” Kaplan said. “I’ve never seen teachers and principals so degraded.”
    A powerful anecdote which speaks to the value of our current silly test-based education trajectory

for the love of learning: The ignorance of merit pay - 49 views

    Great post by Joe Bower here.

Daily Kos: Notice to All Banker Types from a Teacher - 97 views

    Sadly funny.

Pedagogy of Fear - Guest Post by Morna M. Mcdermott « Cooperative Catalyst - 72 views

    An important post. Related to how technology goes under-used, misused, and used primarily to "deliver" instruction a la BrainPop, Khan Academy,....
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