Friday, May 11, 2012

Two brilliant thoughts on high-stakes, standardized tests, both relevant to Delaware

. . . and both quotes Nat Henthoff found for a must-read article about the brewing parental revolt against the high-stakes testing mentality.

These are good enough to use the big print and the bright colors:

If one of the goals of schooling is to create lifelong learners, then high standardized test scores may be a Pyrrhic victory. That’s because long after the subject matter is forgotten, attitudes remain.”--Walt Gardner of Education Week
“A remark our 12-year-old daughter made in sixth grade — ‘There’s a certain part about getting good at something that involves loving it’ — lighted a spark of resistance in me. I knew that she was right. We ended up home-schooling for the seventh and eighth grades. This way we had a chance to focus on real learning. No tests. No homework! Lots of reading. Lots of writing. Lots of conversation. What happened? Our daughter not only loves school, but also is good at lots of things.”--Pamela Beere Briggs, Los Angeles parent

What is the objective of public schools these days?

Is there actually a consensus?

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