Journal of Educational Controversy


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When an adult took standardized tests forced on kids

Here is a provocative piece from the Washington Post's "The Answer Sheet: A School Survival Guide for Parents (and Everyone Else)."   The article, "When an Adult Took Standardized Tests Forced on Kids,"  is by Marion Brady,  a veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.  Critical of today's obsession with standardized tests in the states, the author argues that "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." 

Watch for our upcoming issue of the Journal of Educational Controversy on the theme, "The Education and Schools Our Children Deserve," that will be online soon.  A frequent critic of testing, Deborah Meier, has an interesting article in this issue on what has been threatened and lost in our contemporary educational reform movement.  Watch for it.