8. Two Cheers for an End to the SAT
"Such tests privilege the privileged and reflect a skill at taking tests. Few people—other than those who profit ha... http://tl.gd/9osipa
"Teachers feel compelled to cover vast amounts of content, often superficially, rather than letting students discover ideas." Kohn
Perhaps this, even more than the loss of certain cherished programs, is the real loss that standardized testing incurs. The loss of opportunities to engage in discovery learning due to the pressure to cover material, which is just what happens when students are not allowed time for discovery-certain material ends up getting covered, hidden from view, hidden from discovery. In an earlier chapter of this book Kohn talks about the standardized tests as being akin to educational ethnic cleansing, in this fashion it is the cleansing of content that is not in the standards. Right Howard Zinn?
"There is good evidence that grades don't predict later-life success, in occupational or intellectual terms." Kohn
When was the last time you as an adult were asked what kind of grades you got in school? I am not sure I have ever been asked that question.