Standardized Minds: The High Price Of America's Testing Culture And What We Can Do To Change It

Standardized Minds: The High Price Of America's Testing Culture And What We Can Do To Change It

by Peter Sacks
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Standardized Minds: The High Price Of America's Testing Culture And What We Can Do To Change It by Peter Sacks

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738204338
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 364
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.

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Standardized Minds: The High Price of America's Testing Culture and What We Can Do to Change It 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a total fraud. Standardized tests are the perfect way to measure a student's abilities!