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ERIC Number: EJ785446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Producing Commodities or Educating Children? Nurturing the Personal Growth of Students in the Face of Standardized Testing
Barrier-Ferreira, Julia
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v81 n3 p138-140 Jan-Feb 2008
Standardized testing is a reality with which all educators must contend. Although the laws enforcing such assessments do so under the premise that students will thereby be assured an equal opportunity for academic success, they overlook a critical point--students are human beings with needs that reach beyond what is measured on a test. In this article, the author examines the impact of standardized testing on the educator's ability to adequately address these needs and questions whether the focus of education has turned to treating children as commodities rather than helping them to develop not only their intellect but also their emotional and social selves.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Goals 2000; No Child Left Behind Act 2001