ERIC Number: ED146220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Standardized Testing and the Status of Children's Intellectual Rights.
Bikson, Tora K.
It is the author's thesis that children's intellectual rights are denied in U.S. public education because creativity and self-motivated inquiry are discouraged. As a result of standardized testing, learning tends to be defined in terms of the retention of specific facts. Higher cognitive processes such as abstract reasoning, problem solving, and creative thinking have been excluded from the realm of desired educational outcomes. The suppression of these cognitive processes is the basis for the author's claim that children's intellectual rights are denied, across all status groups. Educational literature is reviewed in detail to corroborate this thesis and to suggest its consequences. In conclusion, some suggestions for redirecting educational efforts are offered. (Author/MV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Compensatory Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Development, Learning Processes, Literature Reviews, Objective Tests, Public Schools, Socioeconomic Influences, Standardized Tests, Student Rights, Test Bias, Testing Problems
The Rand Corporation, Publications Department, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($3.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.