Standardized Testing or a Well-Rounded Education in New Zealand

Interesting to me that others are dealing with the same education issues that we deal with in the U.S. – the impact of standardized testing on the “narrowing” of focus in education rather than “well-roundedness.” In this blog post entitled, Teaching To The Test – National’s Education Reforms, blogger and researcher Chris Ford discusses his concern that the education system in New Zealand:

“Personally, I believe that the main role of an education system is to prepare all children not just for the capitalist workforce but for their role as future citizens. This philosophy was what the late educationalist Clarence Beeby articulated in the best social democratic way. We need to return to that ethos but at the moment the neoliberal view of education as being a mere means to prepare younger people to become employees prevails.”

Well said.

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