Peter Greene teaches high school in Pennsylvania so naturally he is very interested in the redesign of the SAT.
So, in a well-used journalistic tradition, Greene assumes the voice of David Coleman–president of the College Board–to explain the reasoning behind the changes.
This is his conclusion. You get the drift. Open the link and read it all.
“Yes, the SAT was a biased test. It still is– but now it’s biased the right way. My way. We’ve got the CCSS and the SAT lined up. Next we’ll get your three-year-olds properly rigorized, and once that’s happening colleges won’t be able to keep from becoming the proper vocational training centers they’re supposed to be. Quality of life? Quality of life comes from money, baby. Education has something to do with a greater understanding of our world and our humanity and how we make sense of them, how we express our deepest connections to each other and the universe in a process of discovery, expression and wonder that continues our whole life? You’re killing me.
“Look, an educated person is one who can do well the tests assigned by his betters, can fulfill a useful job for the corporations that hire him, and will behave properly for the government that rules him. If you wanted something more out of life than that, you should have arranged to be rich. In the meantime, enjoy the new SAT.”