Poet Cannot Answer Test Questions on Her Own Poem

You have got to read this. Hurry up already. Need a hook? A modern poet learns that a couple of her poems are the topic of some of the test questions by a Pearson standardized test in Texas. She protests. She’s hilarious, but it’s also horrifying.

She cannot answer the questions. They don’t even make sense.

Not too long ago I think I blogged about a book I was reading– a highly educated mother was studying for the SAT to take it for her son. Among her friends was another highly educated mom, a mom who taught at the university level, who taught the people who write the tests, and who has had some of her essays used in the tests. She also took the SAT and got a very low score on the writing, while her smart alec academic slacker son, who averred that all that was required to get a good score was to mention Martin Luther King, Jr, got a better score.

What the author found interesting is that whenever their friends would hear about it, they would sympathize, “Oh, you must have had a bad day.” She was stunned that it never occurred to them that the test scorers could have had a bad day. But what if it’s just bad questions scored by poorly trained people hired from Craig’s List? What if it’s just a scam, really, all the way down?

I suspect this kind of nonsense is baked into the test scoring, and so does our poet, quoted in the article above.

It’s long past time to dismantle this thing.

See also:

What teacher testing used to look like.
School reform always is about more money, not better outcomes for kids, and it nearly always bypasses parents as well. Except for their pocketbooks.

Good to Read:

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto

Peter Gray’s Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

Mind to Mind, a modernized version of Charlotte Mason’s Essay Toward a Philosophy of Education.

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