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David Hursh

For the last decade David Hursh’s writing and political organizing has focused on the dangers of high-stakes testing. His most recent book, High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), situates the rise of high-stakes testing in states like Texas and New York, and at the federal level with No Child Left Behind within larger debates about the purposes of education and the nature of society. Marilyn Cochran-Smith, John E. Cawthorne Professor at Boston College, wrote: "In this unusual book, David Hursh combines rich recollections of classroom teaching with trenchant analysis of the "real crisis" in education today-the neoliberal package of high stakes testing, accountability, markets and privatization. The result is a deeply disturbing but compelling and original book that puts democratic education back where it should be--at the center of discussions about schools and schooling.” In 1998 Hursh helped start the Coalition for Common Sense in Education, a group of parents, students, and educators working to changed education policy through lobbying in Albany and hosting forums. Some of the speakers the Coalition has funded include Jonathan Kozol, Angela Valenzuela, Deborah Meier, Peter Sacks, Monty Neill, and Susan Ohanian. Since the publication of his book in March, Hursh has delivered invited talks to numerous groups, including the Rochester Teachers Association, Monroe County School Board Association, and in the Arts and Lectures series at SUNY-Cortland. This upcoming academic year he has been invited to present at universities across the United States. David Hursh is a Professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

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  1. Peter
    Peter at |

    What a pity.  I think it is a terrible thing what standardized tests have done to our education system.  Instead of teaching children individually, we teach them to pass the test.  They learn nothing and we are left with a country that is stagnating.  It is a true shame what has happened here.  Do you think we adopted standardized tests for any specific reason?  All I can think of is it saves teachers time and gets more students through the doors at a cost effective price.

  2. Middle School Teacher
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    When will educational leaders see that standardized test do not actually measure what a student has learned.  Students are only learning how to pass tests and not learning real world skills or solving real world problems.
    I don’t think teachers time was ever considered as a reason for adopting standardized tests.  Administrators continually force teachers to “teach to the test.”

  3. Jennifer
    Jennifer at |

    Why does everything our politicians do have to be so corrupt?  What ever happened to integrity and honesty?  It would sure be nice if people would quit with their own agendas for once and just do what’s right!  Unfortunately, it seems like each year I learn more and more about how the majority of politicians are more concerned about personal gain than anything else.

  4. Lanny Camden
    Lanny Camden at |

    Politicians and schools in America have heavily relied on technology forgetting that our founding fathers understood that morals and ethics have much to do with the historical leadership examples that they and our schools set before the students.

    Have we become a people of complacence and irresponsibility considering the fact that we opened up the doors of world wide web communication and should lead in education. Are tests the only system we have to prove the individuals ability to solve economic and political problems?

    The world definitely is much smaller now, but new communication has its benefits when reaching out to touch someone or satisfy the human desire to learn about the world we live in. Lets just hope the wrong people do not completely hyjack the educational system

  5. Fabian Ramirez
    Fabian Ramirez at |

    Wow, how sad. I hope students get to pass these standardized tests. I remember all the pressure that was put on me to pass the state test. Fellow peers that didn’t, stayed back a year or did not graduate. It’s sad to see how money corrupts the school system. Hope we can get back to just learning what we need to learn and making it fun again.

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