Question: Is it morally acceptable to push children through curricula and assessments centered around data driven instruction and high stakes standardized tests?
I sat through a discussion yesterday at the Indianapolis Marion County public library on standardized testing.
Derek Redelman, one of the discussion participants and a pusher of high stakes standardized testing for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce had nothing to say on this issue.
To her credit Dr. Dena Cushenberry Superintendent of Warren Twp. Schools, mentioned we have to be "concerned"and "mindful" but insisted that students would make their parents happy with good test scores.
I later had a discussion with Dr. Cushenberry later in the lobby about emergent curriculum as a way of giving children a voice in the kinds of learning experiences that now amount to test prep and she had no idea what I was talking about.
More on this subject soon.