Thanks to the reader who sent me this article about the advent of standardized testing in the public schools of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Many of the worst tendencies of corporate reform are exemplified right here in this article.
First, the assumption that standardized tests will tell us what we need to know about individual children (are they meeting the norm that someone at Pearson or McGraw Hill selected?).
Second, the assumption that teachers’ professional judgment is inadequate and must be replaced by an off-the-shelf test.
Third, the assumption that what is measured matters most.
Fourth, the assumption that children at the age of 5 should be assessed with standardized tests rather than by experienced teachers.
Fifth, the assumption that the data derived from these these tests can be entered into a database that will shape the judgment about this child for the rest of his school days.
Please add your suggestion for points I have not thought of at this moment.