ERIC Number: ED443092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Uniting Students To Subvert the Testing and Technology Craze.
This paper addresses the movement to "improve" schools by means of legislating mandatory testing and then publishing students' results in local newspapers and on the Internet. Students who attend schools where the standards are not met are often the ones who would benefit most from a broad-based language arts program. These students are left to struggle in language classes where test preparation is the center of the curriculum. At the same time, technology is receiving much attention in the hope that increased use of computers will somehow improve test scores. The paper recounts the experiences of a new adviser to a club which publishes a high school literary magazine as he manages to increase the number of students working on the magazine over a 4-year period. He began with 10 students and now has 60 students working on the prize-winning publication. The paper contends it is not too late to ensure that students' feelings and ideas are not engulfed in the tidal wave of testing and technology. It concludes that teachers/advisors can help students work together to create literary magazines, newspapers, yearbooks, classroom collections of their work, and e-zines, and then incorporate their material into the curricula. A discussion forum is attached. (NKA)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, High School Students, High Schools, School Publications, Student Developed Materials, Student Empowerment, Technology Integration, Testing
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.