"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Technology upgrades for national tests: Is it worth it?

Sent to The Phoenix, Muskogee, OK, June 5

"Schools search for money for technology upgrades," (June 5) tells us that the new national tests based on the national standards are going to cost a lot of money, far more than we realized.

There is no evidence that the new standards and tests will work, and the money is badly needed elsewhere. Also, if the new standards and tests fail to produce results, our children will suffer, but the testing and computer companies will make substantial profits regardless.

We can also be sure that as soon as the new system is in place, marketing will begin to sell us a new, improved system: National Test Battery 2.0.

Stephen Krashen

Original article: http://muskogeephoenix.com/local/x1315239890/Schools-search-for-money-for-technology-upgrades

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