Re: FW: Julian Bond on NCLB testing
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- Subject: Re: FW: Julian Bond on NCLB testing
- From: ABurke5054@aol.com
- Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2004 19:20:44 EDT
I did not say that Mr Hu was confusing testing with teaching, although
conflating the two is very common in discussion on this list and very common in the
writings of others that people copy into this list.
As to the rest of what you say, I hardly know where to begin to reply except
by saying that NCLB is not about testing at all (that is another point of
confusion that underlies a lot of the heat generated on this list). It is about
improving education for needy students and has been so for the 39 years of its
history. Up til now it relied entirely on the skills and good will inherent
in the system to make changes to help needy students. What has changed is that
now it provides specific remedies that must be applied. This is the real
ox-gorer and it explains why much of the establishment is lashing out in public,
where before it worked in secret, like the teachers I mentioned who voted to
hold Chapter 1 students to the lowest possible standards in the hope of avoiding
responsibility for their under-performance.
As for locating the roots of today's achievement testing in the "eugenics
movement," this again ignores history and is simply a tool of polemic.
In a message dated 6/23/2004 10:52:13 AM Pacific Standard Time,
Mr. Burke, please get your facts straight. The NCLB focus on standardized
testing is a shameful regurgitation of unskillful past practices debunked
decade after decade ad nauseam. Mr. Hu is not "again confusing testing with
teaching" but quite simply repeating the fact that the pressure to teach
differently is one of the sad by-products of the neurotic and sometimes
psychotic narrow minded brain bashing surly immature educational
doublespoken obsession with standardized testing. Those who over-promote
them insult everyone's intelligence, civil rights, and fundamental humanity.
historical roots these tests have in the eugenics movement ought to spell
to us all. I await (a) your limited response, (b) your non-response, (c)
both "a" and "b".
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