Chinese expert Yong Zhao warns standardized testing 'destroys schools'

Tamsyn Burgmann, CBC News, Feb 07, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

What caught my eye in this headline was the phease "Chinese expert," making it one of few to acknowledge that such a thing exists. But of course it would be far more surprising if they didn't! Just as interesting is the message, that we should do away with standardized testing, and that the basics or 'core'of learning should come only after a passion for the subject has been generated. "My extreme advice, we should do away with all of (standardized testing)," Zhao said, "It's a waste of money, very little value, destroys parents, destroys schools too, and puts students and teachers in a bind for high-stakes testing." Instead, as summarized by Academica, "He suggested instead that the education system should pursue personalized learning to allow each child to pursue his or her passions."

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