April 7, 2014

If testing is so great, why don't private schools do more?

Mark Naison, Bad Ass Teachers Assn - The disparity between the amount of testing taking place in the nation's public schools and between the top private schools where most policy makers and business leaders send their children is simply shocking. Not only do none of these elite schools use Common Core, they never rate their teachers on the basis of student test scores, or use demeaning rubrics to evaluate teachers through observations. Most importantly, the amount of standardized testing in their schools is only a fraction of what currently is administered in public schools, meaning that class time is spent on creative projects and instruction rather than drilling for tests.

If this is what is considered the best education money can buy, and the one that best prepares students for admission to the nation's top colleges and universities, why isn't this model of pedagogy the one that policy makers want public schools to adopt? Why is creativity considered appropriate for their children, but stress filled rote learning appropriate for children of the middle class and the poor.

As an historian, I am forced to conclude that our elites, looking at the future job market- in which economists estimate that 6 out of 10 new jobs will be minimum wage- want our public schools to train disciplined workers with low expectations who are not exposed to the critical thinking skills which might lead them to question the astronomical levels of inequality in our society or the hardships that exist in their own neighborhoods.

Their children get Leadership Training, our children get Obedience Training.

2 comments:

Capt. America said...

Again, the best education ever available anywhere could be put on line free for all for a pittance. How are these "educators" and "testers" doing?

Anonymous said...

I wondered how long until someone pointed this out. This really needs to be used again and again.

Personally, it is one of the main reasons why I send my kid to private schools. I would have preferred to go public, but no way...