Why MUST our children take high stakes state mandated tests?

“Know your place, and be thankful you have a job.”
Yes, our children are learning this right now – unless we refuse useless high stakes testing for them. Re-learn what Charles Dickens once taught us.

Our children are being forced to take high stakes state mandated tests that have been proven again and again to have little or no value to their education. Obviously, Pearson and other testing related corporations are making billions of dollars from taxes intended for public education. But there comes a point of greed and destructive purpose that must be opposed. The perfect example is in the Illinois tests of the Chicago Public Schools. The ISAT tests will not be used for any purpose – no student or school assessments, no teacher evaluations, no funding requirements, no college preparation, no job requirements… Nothing.
Read HERE and HERE and HERE.

According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Barbara Byrd-Bennett, CEO of CPS, teachers will be fired and their certification revoked to end their careers in education for refusal to prep and give the tests. Students will receive a whole list of punishments. Parents have been receiving written, robocalled and administrative threats as propaganda of the terrors that await them if they refuse to have their children take these expensive tests that take weeks of class-time preparation and additional days/weeks of testing. Tests that have no purpose. No meaning.


Since history has a habit of repeating itself, let’s connect two points in time.

In 1843 England Charles Dickens wrote about the workhouses where poor men, women and children were compelled to the punishing labor of the treadmills or receive beatings and starvation. Their only crime was poverty and being unemployed at a time when jobs were few because work had been outsourced to the colonies, such as India. The treadmills, for decades, were connected to nothing. The treadmills were punitive labor devices that served no purpose except to enrich the workhouse proprietors from public tax funds.

treadmill2This was done to drive the middle class into the lower class and to keep them lower. Cheap labor was/is the corporate plan to increase profit for the very few. Any job, even a job that did not pay a living wage, was something to be thankful for.

“Know your place, and be thankful you have a job.”
Yes, our children are learning this right now – unless we refuse for them.

treadmill jamaica

Learn how to refuse testing legally in every state at United Opt-Out HERE. Help friends do the same.

Wherever you live, support the opposition to this oppression that is happening right now in the Saucedo and Drummond schools in Chicago by calling the Chicago Board of Education at 773-553-1600 to tell them that you demand that the testing be stopped. You can contact them online HERE.

“By Dicken’s time, however, the treadmills were merely objects in which the poor could be simultaneously contained and worked into exhaustion; no product resulted but the further degradation of the workers. The Poor Law of 1834 divided the poor into the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving.’ The ‘help’ provided to the deserving was scant indeed, more theory than fact, and it was almost impossible to prove one was deserving. The decision truly rested with people who sat on the boards of directors of workhouses or other persons living in comfort that was derived from profits expanded, in part, by paying out only very little to help those in need. Whatever its intention, the Poor Law provided a mere facade of welfare; in fact, it was a series of impossible obstacles.”
– Katherine Kroeber Wiley in the Introduction of the 2004 Barnes & Noble printing of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1864)



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2 Responses to Why MUST our children take high stakes state mandated tests?

  1. Amy says:

    I am mostly on the outskirts of these discussions in Indianapolis. My question is, are colleges being held accountable for their role in reinforcing the culture of standardized testing? Still, decades later, one’s admission to college is based on such numbers and it seems to me the culture of perfect scores and studying for the tests has only gotten worse …

    • Ken Previti says:

      Right now colleges, state colleges in particular, are being pressured to not only reinforce the culture of standardized testing but to become the last step in the same Pearson-Gated-Broad standardized testing link. As incredible as it seems, this is nonetheless true. Several community two year colleges are altering curriculum for some courses to comply with these standards and materials. The implementation is a thin slice followed by more thin slices into the entire curricular offerings the Education Industrial Complex selects.

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