Monday, May 30, 2016

Testing makes schools less human

Measuring students' success based on how well they do in an academic test is superficial. It ignores the deeper learning that will actually help them thrive. Education policymakers' obsession with test in part motivated by their own desire -- need -- to 'prove' the success of their policies....But the price children pay is relentless drilling and the neglect of unquantifiable skills that are actually -- and increasingly -- more important. Worse, if you examine the tests forensically, they fail even on their own terms. (pp. 49-50)
~ Steve Hilton, More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First. 2016. Public Affairs. New York, NY.