Authentic Alternatives to Accountability and Standardization
Edited By Joe Bower and Paul L. Thomas
Chapter Six: Feeding the World = Reading the World: Let Them Eat Tests
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Feeding THE World = Reading THE World1
Let Them Eat Tests
“We can’t feed you, but we can test you”
INTRODUCTION: FROM FARMS TO TESTING
A lot has happened since my first version of this chapter was included in the first edition of De-Testing and De-Grading. Technology moves faster than the average person can usually comprehend. And before we can digest (pun intended) the new uses of this information, edutech companies and corporate reformers are selling it to public education for use on children as their guinea pigs. In the first edition, I focused largely on the regime of standardized testing as the key vehicle toward manufacturing an educational system that resembles a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). Scientific and economic frameworks directly shape the ways in which we envision or construct models of education.
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