ERIC Number: ED457220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Outfoxing the Destruction of Wisdom.
This critique of standardized tests begins by placing the use of such tests within a social context. It then addresses the matter of standardized testing in theory and practice in relation to teaching. The substance of standardized examinations, their common content, and the things they do not test are also explored. The relationship of good teaching to history and the corollary of research and teaching to defeat irrational thinking are considered. The paper also addresses what students and parents can do when they are confronted with standardized testing. Standardized tests are characterized by "intellectual bias, irrationalism, racism, fatuous anticommunism, witless patriotism, the worship of capital, the fear of sexuality, and the justification of the way things are." Subservience, powerlessness, and alienation are the consequences of standardized tests. Many important truths for educators and students are not represented on standardized tests. There is no standardized pathway to wisdom, nor to democracy, and good teaching is not enhanced by standardized testing. Good teaching must be aligned with the quest for social justice, and standardized testing promotes neither. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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