Parents Present Pearson With $38 Million Invoice for Use of Child Labor for Field Tests

Norm Scott, CC BY-NC, Jun 09, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting reaction to the testing and corporate-education phenomenon: parents have presented Pearson publishers with a bill for the use of their children in field tests. It does raise a question about the ethics of these testing programs, doesn't it? (Imagine a government researcher like myself requested mandatory testing of 434,000 people in (say) New Brunswick - it would never happen, and for good reason). "Parents calculated the value of their children’s free labor, including the opportunity costs of lost instructional time and resources, and added these to the real costs to schools of administering the June tests."

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