Archive for October 3rd, 2003

3rd October

First Published in The New York Sun, October 3, 2003

By Andrew Wolf

There are few subjects in the field of education that provoke more passionate debate than the role of testing. By nature we’re suspicious of tests. After all, even the smartest of us have occasionally messed up on an important exam. 

Winston Churchill once observed, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried from time to time.” Similarly, the use of objective testing devices is the worst form of student assessment — except for all the other devices.  (more…)