Standardized Minds: The High Price of America's Testing Culture and what We Can Do to Change it

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Da Capo Press, Apr 28, 2009 - History - 364 pages
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We've been told time and time again that standardized tests aren't perfect but that they're the best tool we have for gauging aptitude and achievement. 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? And, most important, what can we do to hold one another 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 the day we apply for that corporate job. 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.
 

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Introduction
2
Meritocracys Crooked Yardstick
6
Inventing Intelligence The Origins of Mental Measurement
18
Babes in Test Land The Sorting Begins
36
Crusade Rise of the TestDriven Accountability Machine in Our Schools
66
Crime and Punishment How the Accountability Machine Hurts Schoolchildren
96
The Great American DumbDown How the Accountability Machine Harms Schools
118
Do No Harm Stopping the Damage to American Schools
154
Standardized Minds Thinking Styles and the Testing Game
202
The Big Business of Testing
222
Authentic Achievement Assessing Performance in American Schools
232
Harmful Admissions Why the Meritocracy Needs Fixing
260
Beyond the SAT Merit that Matters
292
Notes
318
Index
336
Copyright

Unnatural Selection Testing in the American Workplace
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