Mute the Messenger

As students, parents, teachers, principals and other educators receive word of test scores that are [unfortunately] used to determine student promotion from one grade to the next and/or teacher and principal promotion, demotion, or termination, it is critical we understand the tool being used is ineffectual to make such determinations. Sadly, I hurt for those whose lives are dramatically changed because of it. In the article I share, even Pearson admits HALF of what is tested is “insensitive to instruction” (i.e. the tests don’t measure what students learn in the classroom). What other profession do we measure in such an outrageously irresponsible…

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“I would prefer not to.”

The setup (i.e. the summary of the summary of Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener (by way of Sparks Notes ) The Lawyer, the narrator of the story, has already been surprised once before by Bartleby’s refusal to examine a document, as all scriveners (law-copyists) are required to do. Bartleby said he would “prefer not to,” and the Lawyer was so surprised that he hadn’t argued with him. A few days after this incident, there is a large document to be examined. The Lawyer calls in all his employees to work on the examination. But when he calls Bartleby to assist as well, the scrivener…

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