We've been told time and time again that standardized tests aren't perfect but that they're the best tool we have for gauging aptitude and achievement. Is this really true? What are the flaws of such testing? Why is your father's occupation a better predictor of SAT scores than virtually any other factor? And, most important, what can we do to hold one another accountable to standards at all levels of schools and in the workplace?Standardized Minds dramatically shows how our unhealthy and enduring obsession with intelligence testing affects us all, from the day we enter kindergarten to the day we apply for that corporate job. Drawing creative solutions from the headlines and the frontlines, Sacks demonstrates proven alternatives to such testing and details a plan to make the American meritocracy legitimate and fair.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
|Lexile:||1440L (what's this?)|
About the Author
Peter Sacks is a journalist and essayist. His essays on education and American culture have appeared in Change, Thought & Action, The American Enterprise, and the New York Times. He lives in Boise, Idaho.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I took the ACT and the SAT as well as many of the other "tests" out there and I didn't benefit from any of them. In fact, for the SAT, I checked out one of the College Board's test-prep books and took four practice tests and still only got an 1170. These tests were and still are designed to benefit the rich and well-off. Our colleges and universities need to move away from sorting and selecting students and focus on actually ensuring that everyone in this country gets a college education by changing admissions policies so as to acknowledge achievement in any form and actually educating students rather than privleging a few.
This book is a total fraud. Standardized tests are the perfect way to measure a student's abilities!