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By Grant P. Wiggins

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(also a teacher...) This e-book is a provocative critique of ways that trying out and evaluate are at the moment dealt with in faculties. Wiggins excels at teasing out the inherent, usually invisible, contradictions among our acknowledged pursuits as educators and what it truly is that we are particularly educating and reinforcing within the method we cross approximately checking out. This e-book is healthier at frightening the reader to imagine extra conscientiously concerning the position of overview within the curriculum; for me, it is made me reconsider how I plan my checks, what i'll do another way to motivate scholars to profit and so they can demonstrate their strengths, and to query "the process" from a extra expert viewpoint. this can be a booklet of advocacy, despite the fact that, and as such it has flaws. Wiggins is healthier at attacking what we have than suggesting the way it may be replaced *considering the stipulations below which so much folks teach.* He locations the complete burden on academics (he is intensely disparaging of academics who speak about scholars as answerable for a few a part of their schooling; it really is as much as the trainer to inspire them) and his specialize in consistent reiteration fails to contemplate the top-performing scholars, i feel, who really do good with present tests. you do not have to shop for the total package deal, although, to discover new ideas, recommendations and views during this publication that might impress you to reconsider a few of the points of trying out so much people take with no consideration, whereas providing you with concept for utilizing a few of these new rules within the school room in useful methods.

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Mere learnedness or eloquence is not what a liberal education is about. As Plato has Socrates say elsewhere, education is not "putting sight into blind eyes" but liberating the mind from mere opinion and hackneyed thinking. Meno is really like so many students-a memorizer, able to make effective speeches with references to famous people, sayings, and works. We are meant to know that his name is used throughout the work as a pun. It is very close in Greek to the word for memory: ptvov (Meno), pvtpov (power).

Because of our diversity, our ability to do accurate comparisons across classrooms, schools, and districts is dependent on questions that are not highly contextual or articulated with local curricula. But a generic test of understanding is a contradiction in terms. We want to know about this child, in this setting, in relation to this curriculum. "~~ As a developmental psychologist, Gardner no doubt was influenced in making this distinction by the work of Jean Piaget in the use of clinical interviews and observations.

4. 5. 6. 7. M. Foucault, Discipline and Punish (New York: Vintage Books, 1979), pp. 184-185. Translation Copyright Q 1977 by Alan Sheridan. D. P. Resnick and L. B. Resnick, "Standards, Curriculum, and Performance: A Historical and Comparative Perspective," Educational Researcher 14 (1985): 5-21. N. Frederiksen, "The Real Test Bias," American Psychologist 39 (1984): 193-202, p. 199. See, for example, R. Stiggins, "Assessment Literacy," Phi Delta Kappan 72 (1991): 534-539. D. WolE, J. Bixby, J. Glen 111, and H.

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