Traversing through blogland today, I ran across a post titled “Texas Republican Workforce Commissioner: Testing is Choking the Pipeline of Skilled Workers” by Bob Sikes. It referred to a posting on this topic by Diane Ravitch, and linked to the original story in the Longview News-Journal.
The focus of the news story, Texas Workforce commissioner representing employers, Tom Pauken, said “the longtime education focus on teaching students to pass standardized tests is having a detrimental effect on Texas’ job market.” I agree with Mr. Pauken and extend it beyond Texas, where I once lived, to the entire United States. My comments on Diane Ravitch’s blog post follow.
Mr. Pauken offers insightful thoughts and suggestions in his commentary. His suggestion to offer three pathways is on target, and could energize students who feel like pawns in someone else’s chess game. Providing families with full disclosure as to the pros…
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