Diane Ravitch’s book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education was a thoughtful antidote to the highly touted movie Waiting for “Superman” . A clue that that movie was a paid PR piece was in an interview (but dont remember where) with the filmmaker who said that 3 months before making the movie he did not know anything about education. Bad sign. Then a year later, it turns out the Gates Foundation funded much of it.
Well, now another piece falls into place. The “high stakes testing” approach (firing teachers with bad “grades”, and same with schools), No Child Left Behind, and other approaches coincided with $200million in spending by the Gates Foundation.
So the point is, even Microsoft is now giving up on High Stakes Testing for its employees according to an article in On the Commons. Worth reading, in my opinion. Hope our schools recover.