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    Filed at 10:36 am under by dcobranchi

    And finally, a really, really bad essay that scores points for the wrong team:

    The authors tell us that crafting an education system based on how students can jump over high-stake testing hurdles is a terribly dangerous road to travel. Emery and Ohanian write in their book’s conclusion that “high-stakes testing is having the effects of eliminating whatever there has been of learning for the joy of it, learning to develop higher-order thinking skills, or learning something because it is what one is interested in.” Cast aside such skills and what remains are schools that are nothing more than “data driven depots.”

    Since when did the g-schools do any of those things? The g-schools had driven the joy of learning into the ground decades before the concept of high-stakes testing was invented.

    2 Responses to “ANTI-ANTI-GATTO”

    Comment by
    September 20th, 2004
    at 4:06 pm

    Lawyers, doctors, and actuaries all take multiple choice tests. The GRE is required for graduate school. Rather than ELIMINATE higher order thinking skills, they assess it. And the same g-school employee unions are quick to require all teachers to take the NTE. Oh parent, how can you be qualified to teach without the NTE?

    However, the g-school employees don’t just fail to teach “higher order thinking skills” but oppose any testing that might detect whether they have laid the foundation for such thinking. They do, as John Locke said, have the poor child, “to say something where he knows nothing; which is a sort of Egyptian tyranny, to bid them make bricks who have not yet any of the materials….Before a man can be in any capacity to speak on any subject, ’tis necessary he be acquainted with it; or else it is as foolish to set him to discourse of it.”

    Comment by
    Roy W. Wright
    September 20th, 2004
    at 5:14 pm

    Odd, this essay seems to echo many of Gatto’s points…