[NLA] "breaking news"
mev at litwomen.org
Wed Jun 12 07:35:42 EDT 2002
>For some unknown (or unspoken, at least)
>reason the standardized test is the only legitimate way of documentation of
>progress. Says who?
We may want to look at this question a bit more systemically too.
Right now, the push in education (K-18) in general is back to (or
more enforcement and reinforcement) for standardized testing. I think
this is a reaction and backlash to programs trying to explore
multicultural inclusion and alternative forms of pedagogy that
threaten the "white canon" of education. Also, it is driven by
science (prove results) and money -- business and capitalism
reinforcing the types of education they need for their workforces --
which may (or may not) be in direct contradiction to wholistic needs
of students and communities. As the federal and local/state
governments insist on more testing at all levels, it seems only
unavaoidable that adult learning would follow the same route. This is
especially ironic as we know that many adults "failed" because of
such testing systems and which often have race, gender, ethnic and
class discrimination at their centers -- worked into their "neutral"
Unfortunately, k-12 educators, college educators and adult literacy
workers have little opportunity to learn from each other, never mind
the time to build a united coalition to address these issues.
Standardized testing is problematic at all levels and yet those
advocating for educational "rigor" see testing as the panacea for
correcting our educational woes in the U.S.
Mev Miller, Ed.D.
Women Expanding * Literacy Education Action Resource Network
1483 Laurel Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104
welearn at litwomen.org
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