It is all happening so fast – how do we keep up with this “high stakes character assessment” scheme to take our children away from us and hand them over to the gods of the holy dollar?
Many thanks to Emily for keeping up with this madness.
In an article from May in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Aida Cerundolo warned parents that public schools may be psychologically assessing their children without consent.
“The mental-health information teachers are now obtaining, storing and tracking…is equally as sensitive as that which is collected in a pediatrician’s office,” Cerundolo says.
And she’s right.
Tests like the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, which ask teachers to rate students on how often a child “carr[ies] himself with confidence” or “cope[s] well with insults and mean comments” are being used with increasing frequency in public schools across the country, without parental consent or adequate privacy protections.
But where did this sudden interest in assessing children’s “social and emotional” skills come from? Is it really nothing more than a “noble” endeavor, meant to identify students in need of intervention, as Cerundolo claims?
Or is there more to it?
As with most education fads that…
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