27 mars 2012

Exhibitions (Critical Guide, E.D. Hirsch Jr)

"Exhibitions." Another term for "performance-based assessments." At the end of a period of study, students are asked to exhibit their achievements by handing in a portfolio, displaying a project, demonstrating a proficiency, or some combination of these. Exhibitions are excellent, though subjective, devices for motivating students at the classroom level. In the classroom, strict fairness and accuracy in the grading of every student effort, while always to be sought, may sometimes be less important values than effective teaching and learning.

So exhibitions should not be repudiated simply because the grading of them has proved to be arbitrary and inconsistent. Exhibitions cannot be used, however, for large-scale, high-stakes testing beyond the individual school or classroom without sacrificing economy, accuracy, and fairness.



Antipathy to subject-matter content  


"banking theory of schooling" 
"culturally-biased curriculum" 
"outcomes-based education" 
"research has shown"
"self-esteem"

 
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This was an excerpt from Hirsch's great book on education :
The Schools We Need 
 and Why We Don't Have Them.
Recension by Richard Askey :  
http://mathematicallycorrect.com/hirsch.htm  
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