Defenestration

Monday, May 28th, 2007 UTC

Defined as the action of throwing someone or something out of a window, it describes the exact procedure the ITBS(Iowa Tests of Basic Skills) should follow.

Throughout the years, the Iowa Tests have proven useful for no more than measuring the ability of people in the U.S. and around the world to think like average American people: insubstantial, blindly nationalist and taking for granted what people around the world still fight for. These tests not only present a horrendous cultural bias, but also encourage feelings of supremacy over people from cultures different than the average U.S. citizen.

More than to standardise evaluations, this type of tests tend to generalise and reduce people and their abilities to mere numbers. Boosterish of textbook-driven minds, the authors of these preposterous tests promote the lack of imagination; and punish those who might have different approaches to coping with problems by subtracting points; making them appear below the standards of the numb society they strive for.

Today’s proactive approaches are once again challenged with the “If it’s not broken, there’s no need to fix it” ideology.

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2 Responses to “Defenestration”

  1. Oh..dear.. Says:

    Exactly. It is mind-boggling to think that it is considered necessary in schools outside the United States, if not within the U.S. also, with its horrendous contents and appalling cultural bias. Despite schools wanting to get in line with the whole U.S. curriculum, a standardised test such as this one destroys that whole ambience of “International Upbringing” by trying to fit the poor test-taking victims with questions based solely on what an average U.S. citizen might now, and how to cope with it. Additionally, the test isn’t really challenging, and the “Basic Skills” that are tested are not skills you would need globally, but rather in the U.S. For anybody that wishes to study elsewhere than the U.S., or in the U.S, for that matter, don’t reduce your abilities to what a textbook-driven mind would tell you. And for those unfortunate that do take it… Well, pray it ends quickly


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