Monday, January 24, 2005

The Art of Projection

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2005 at 6:59 AM

There is an article in this morning's Tennessean regarding the TCAP tests in which teachers who dislike the tests voice their usual complaints. Almost invariably, they couch their complaints in terms of the alleged effects of the tests on the students, as though the students are sitting up at night tearing their hair out over the same kind of achievement testing regimen we all had to to go through (it's called "school" for a reason). Are they really? Probably not, because these tests--unlike, say, the ACT or the SAT, don't really affect them personally, at least not in any real way they would notice. The quotes from students in the story are actually pretty tame.

If teachers don't like the tests, they need to state their own reasons only instead of projecting their feelings onto students just to make their statements sound more palatable to the public.

But judge for yourself.

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