Confessions of a Reluctant Teacher

July 21, 2009

“They want lower scores, and we’ll give them lower scores”

Filed under: Credentialism — christinag503 @ 8:54 pm
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If you want more evidence that grades function as a system of social ranking rather than as indicators of intellectual merit, check out a few of the chillingly true stories from “A Test Scorer’s Lament.” The first and last anecdotes are particularly telling.  This article is from a pretty neat magazine, Rethinking Schools.  I recommend checking out their archives, especially if you’re interested in topics like the secret agenda of the American Girl dolls.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] Tags: creativity, grades, New York Times, nonconformity, ranking, standardized tests, writing In a previous post, I linked to an article by a former standardized testing grader, Todd Farley. He has an op-ed piece […]

    Pingback by How Standardized Tests Punish Nonconformity « Confessions of a Reluctant Teacher — September 28, 2009 @ 9:20 pm | Reply


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