Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

Creative by Nature

“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank. Not into doing things that are valuable and important.”

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The following is a partial transcript for an interview with Noam Chomsky uploaded to youtube by The Progressive Magazine.

“You take what is happening in education. Right now, in recent years, there’s a strong tendency to require assessment of children and teachers so that you have to teach to tests. And the test determines what happens to the child and what happens to the teacher.

That’s guaranteed to destroy any meaningful educational process. It means the teacher cannot be creative, imaginative, pay attention…

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3 thoughts on “Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

  1. Kevin, and Friends
    Remarkable and diligent work Kevin.
    Stay strong and keep pushing.
    Remember (Quote): “A bad system will beat a good person every time”.
    W. Edwards Deming

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  2. I am a public elementary art teacher in the State of Delaware who has never been so controlled in my life. I can’t teach art. I can’t share my love for art. I can’t share how important art is to an informed society. Every second of my day is controlled by standardized tests!

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  3. I am a public elementary art teachers in the State of Delaware and I have never been so controlled in my life! I am trapped! I can’t teach art. I can’t share the love of art! I can’t share the importance of creativity with my students because I can’t be creative! My job is controlled by standardized tests!

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