Standardized Tests

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The backlash against standardized testing in American schools is growing into a something like a counter movement.

Parents, teachers, principals and students are organizing against what’s suddenly become practically a universally accepted rule in American pedagogy: I took the test therefore I know.

Alfie Kohn wants to lead the counterrevolution. He’s been barnstorming the country warning against the standards and testing plague that’s sweeping the countryside. He says it’s wiping out innovative instruction, beating down some of the best teachers and administrators and undermining the experience of real education.

But it’s not a fact of life, like the weather, Kohn says, it’s a political movement that must be opposed.
(Hosted by Christopher Lydon)


Alfie Kohn