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

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Who Owns Stock in Pearson?

Sometimes the comments are more profound than the story:
Comment on CommonDreams to Valerie Strauss story on High Stakes Standardized Tests
The question, reported by the New York Daily News, referred to a story similar to the famous Aesop fable about the tortoise and the hare, but in this version, a talking pineapple challenges a hare to race. The rabbit wins, not surprisingly, as the fruit can’t actually move, and other animals, who have wagered on the winner, eat the pineapple, according to the paper. Students were asked some perplexing questions:
Why did the animals eat the talking fruit, and which animal was wisest? "
And someone actually paid a lot of money to have this test developed and administered?  I think that demonstrates how utterly stupid the premise of "standardized" testing actually is.  Just what qualifies Pearson as an authority on education?  And who owns stock in the firm?
When I was in eigth grade we had to pass a "constitution" test to graduate and go on to high school.  Somehow I think that's been more valuable to my life experience than wondering why the pineapple was eaten.  It's pretty obvious the other animals were simply hedging their bet.  Interestingly I wonder why they were even worried about the outcome since obviously the pineapple was immobile to begin with. Either they were hungry and liked the taste of pineapple or they were totally clueless and perverted. Much like today's Wall St.. Since the pineapple is not an animal it's not to be included in the last part of the question, and the other animals aren't identified....there can only be one winner: the hare.
Is my answer correct? I am thinking we'll never know.
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