Standardization and Its Unseen Ironies

Peter W. Cookson Jr., Education Week, Jan 23, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Littered with great quotes and zingers, this article asks, "Who in their right educational mind would want to create a 21st-century system of learning based on the mismeasurement of young children?" The author then launches a sustained attack on the usefuless and reasonableness of standardized testing as a politically motivated ploy against public education and in favour of privatized, standards based learning. He writes, "Those who are most critical of progressive education seek to substitute a back-to-basics education that will actually accelerate the dumbing-down process, rather than reverse it... In other words, the test frenzy will create a dumber, not a smarter America." Wow.
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