I’ve just spent the past week or so exploring the bubble tests. OK, to be honest, I kinda railed ’em. But why?
How come I feel as if it my civic responsibility to use “my voice” to raise awareness for what I believe is a fight for the soul of our classrooms right now? How come I feel as if there is a silent majority of educators and parents who, for the most part, agree with me when I say that 1) we are over-testing our kids, 2) we are placing way too much weight on one-size-fits all assessments, and 3) the degree to which schools are revolving their entire existence around “we have gotta raise test scores” has crossed into the realm of paranoid missing-the-boat-ness as to what the real point of school is all about. If ever a good intention paved the road to hell, is not this one it?
I cited Barack Obama’s recent quotes where he states his own belief that too much standardized testing makes education punitive and boring. (And yet, his policies have ramped up testing like mad!)
I talked about the egregious dysfunction (if not outright corruption) we are seeing in the standardized testing industry.
I pretty much brought up many of the big names these past few weeks, from Arne Duncan to Michelle Rhee to Diane Ravitch.
But why? Am I delusionally obsessed? Unecessarily alarmist?
Standardized testing has become BIG business and the forces of capitalism seem rapacious to me. And literally, it feels as if schools are somewhat akin to a pristine rain forest or fossil fuels and we are just gonna let the big money folks have at it and drink deep from the trough of public funding and public good burying our heads as to the generational harm which seems on track to result from allowing their actions to continue unchecked.
Are we educational fiddlers while Rome burns? Or should I just drop it, having become a blogging bore?