Do you know what a whipping boy was? The purpose of a whipping boy was to receive the punishment that was assigned toa young prince for general misbehavior. That’s what corporations are doing to public schools and teachers when children don’t make an effort to learn what’s taught or the child can’t/doesn’t know the answers to bubble test questions.
Many parents and educators are outraged by the over-testing and misuse of testing that has been embedded in federal policy since the enactment of No Child Left Behind in 2002. No high-performing nation in the world tests every child every year in grades 3-8, as we have since the passage of NCLB.
Young children sit for exams that last up to 15 hours over two weeks. The fate of their teachers rests on their performance. Parents remember taking tests in school that lasted no more than one class period for each subject. Their tests were made by their teachers, not by a multinational corporation. Parents can’t understand how testing became an endurance trial and the goal of education.
Politicians claim that the tests are necessary to inform parents and teachers and the public how children in one state are doing as compared to their peers in other states. But this…
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