Saturday, May 27, 2006

Standardized Child Flaws

The most serious flaw in the standardized testing regime in this country is that standardized tests are taken by children:

It was first reported by Inklings, the Staples High School newspaper, that during this year's AP Economics exam several students who did not wish to participate in the exams willingly sabotaged their tests by entering "C" for all multiple choice questions and in the free response portion of the exam they entered profanities or drawings.

What is so bizarre about their behavior is that AP exams are voluntary. You are not penalized if you fail to do well; instead, you will simply fail to benefit by having one less college class to take. What were these kids thinking?

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