Pearson’s Yellow Brick Road

Sarah Blaine, CC BY-NC-ND, Mar 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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"I have never been happier that we refused to allow my fourth grader to take the PARCC," writes Sarah Blaine. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the storm that's beginning to build up against Pearson's practice of monitoring students' social media for discussion of 'test elements' (which might be as simple as stating that the test uses excerpts from The Wizard of Oz. And Blaine asks, "It seems an odd person who would choose to make his or her living by delving into individual children’s social media use to the extent that the person can figure out the school the child attends." Image: Donna Mace.

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