Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Cover Story

Schooling Beyond Measure
By Alfie Kohn

The reason that standardized test results tend to be so uninformative and misleading is closely related to the reason that these tests are so popular in the first place. That, in turn, is connected to our attraction to - and the trouble with - grades, rubrics, and various practices commended to us as "data-based."

The common denominator? Our culture's worshipful regard for numbers. Roger Jones, a physicist, called it "the heart of our modern idolatry . . . the belief that the quantitative description of things is paramount and even complete in itself...."

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