This post from a Montessorian in the U.S. does a great job of explaining the issue of testing students relative to authentic Montessori practice.
It’s been a while since I posted…is this thing on?
This caught my eye: “States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing An F”
It says “States”, but it’s mostly about Florida, an early and eager adopter of high-stakes testing under the aegis of “accountability”, which is now joining the national movement (FairTest.org, UnitedOptOut.com, Facebook) to push back against standardized testing. And no wonder:
In Florida, which tests students more frequently than most other states, many schools this year will dedicate on average 60 to 80 days out of the 180-day school year to standardized testing. In a few districts, tests were scheduled to be given every day to at least some students.
Of course, Montessori schools don’t have much use for tests and grades:
The bad marks with which teachers weigh up the work of girls and boys is like measuring lifeless objects with a balance, measured…
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