Testing Skills

Ran across this great post by Alife Kohn (ok, what writing by Alfie Kohn isn’t great?) about some core principles about education . The reference to the posts referred to this as progressive education.

I was particularly drawn to the last principle:

Standardized tests assess the proficiencies that matter least.  Such tests serve mostly to make unimpressive forms of instruction appear successful.


We recently opted our daughter out of her last state mandated test. This is one very good reason.

I’m furious because it will show up on her transcript as “parent refusal.” 

Read the rest of the post. It’s good.