A new book by Harvard Professor Daniel Koretz sums it up in eight words: The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better. Brookline’s schools weren’t always this way, and they don’t have to be going forward.
With strong leadership from our elected School Committee, we could push back against the pressure to focus narrowly on boosting test scores. We could free our educators from data collection and allow them to ignite our children’s joy and engagement in learning.
That’s why I’m excited to support Jennifer Monopoli, David Pearlman and Jim Swaim for school committee.
I know from talking to Brookline parents and teachers, an undue focus on test scores creates stress and anxiety and takes the joy out of learning. In less affluent communities, test scores are used to stigmatize, defund and disrupt, not lift communities up.
Coming from diverse experiences and perspectives, Jennifer, David and Jim understand that we cannot test our way to excellence and equity. They bring fresh voices and a desire to bring more transparency and accountability to the committee.
School should be about much more than preparing for MCAS math and reading tests. But for many of our students, yes, even in Brookline, that’s what school is becoming.
Time for a new, progressive direction. Time for Monopoli, Pearlman and Swaim.
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