Standardized Minds: The High Price of America's Testing Culture and What We Can Do About It - Peter SacksCambridge: Perseus Books, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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From the cover: “Standardized testing: it’s an innocuous sounding term, isn’t it? Straightforward, inexpensive, tidy, fair. Americans have grown so accustomed to taking multiple choice tests that we don’t bother to question their legitimacy. We’ve been told time and again that standardized tests aren’t perfect but that they’re the best tool we have to make important decisions about school children, college applicants and prospective employees. 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? Whose interests do these tests serve? Why do the gatekeepers of America’s meritocracy emphasize potential over actual accomplishment? And, most importantly, what can we do to more fairly assess ourselves and realistically hold each other 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 when we might apply for a job or seek a new profession. 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.”