Wednesday, June 08, 2005

See Anna Read --

While I seem to be overwhelmed with the end of school and gearing up to put a new roof on my house Joe Thomas over at has continued to be hard at work getting the word out. This article by Anna Quindlen of Newsweek nails what is wrong with the test, test, test attitude of NCLB and it's standardista supporters.

If test results were deconstructed to reveal that phonics, say, was a weak point in a classroom, there might be curricular value, but most of the time the tests are merely scored up or down for the sake of the system—and the press conferences. Teachers are under so much pressure to teach to the test that they are sometimes forced to move on hastily and concentrate on the narrow and tedious, to skip over the interesting side issues or questions that make for dynamic learning.

And what does this metastasizing testing, for every subject, at every level, at every time of the year, do to kids? It has to mean that students absorb the message that learning is a joyless succession of hoops through which they must jump, rather than a way of understanding and mastering the world.

There's more on this page too. Check it out.

1 comment:

NYC Educator said...

My daughter has been taking standardized tests since kindergarten. I was amazed to see that she had an excellent score in reading, though she could not read, but a poor score in English, despite her remarkable reading scores.

The teacher then told me that was the pattern for the entire class--the reading portion was first and the English was last. She said most of the class was tired by the time they got to the English portion.