The year 2014 marked the greatest year of revolt against high-stakes testing in U.S. history. Across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer these detrimental exams—often taking great personal and professional risk to defy the corporate education reformers...Here then are my picks for the top ten most powerful acts of resistance to high-stakes, standardize testing in 2014. I hope to add your action to my list next year!
Month: December 2014
Black Student Union: “This is our time to speak”–Are the education reformers listening?
Seattle Times runs front page profile of Garfield High School Black Student Union’s leadership in the Black Lives Matter movement: “We are fighting for our lives.” Two weeks ago Dan Beekman of the Seattle Times, a Garfield High School graduate himself, returned to the Bulldog house in search of a story about the Black Lives …
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“Voices of a People’s History,” 10th anniversary edition features testing resistance & MAP Boycott!
Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s updated primary source companion to A People’s History of the United States includes Amber Kudla’s anti-standardized testing graduation speech and Jesse Hagopian’s reflection on the Seattle MAP test boycott. Since its publication in 2004, Voices of a People’s History of the United States has played a vital role in my …
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Hands Up, Don’t Test: Police brutality and the repurposing of education
While in Boston speaking about my recently released edited book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with the great EduShyster, who asked me important questions about the connection between the recent rise in student protests against police brutality and high-stakes, standardized testing. Here's what …
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