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Should students be tested or taught and other important questions.

Bob Peterson in Rethiking Schools asks a couple of great questions in relation to the Atlanta cheating scandal:

• Should our children be subjected to endless test prep and hours of narrow skill-driven curriculum? Or instead should they get a well rounded education like what President Obama’s daughters receive at the Sidwell Friends School or what Arne Duncan received as a child at the Chicago Lab School?

• Should students of color and those from economically disenfranchised families be subjected to narrow, test-driven schooling while children in the most affluent communities receive well-resourced, well-rounded education with much less testing?

• Why should transnational textbook/testing companies and corporate-backed philanthropic organizations determine the curriculum for our schools?

He then adds, While some policy makers and test-obsessed school “reformers” may dismiss such cheating scandals as exceptions, these scandals should serve as a wake up call to anyone concerned about the future of our schools.

http://rethinkingschoolsblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/lessons-from-the-atlanta-testing-scandal/


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