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    Standardized tests are used for everything from ranking language ability to gaining university entrance. Are standardized test fair?

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    What years of standardized testing shows is that the children of wealthy families statistically always will have the advantage. That alone makes them unfair. But perhaps even worse is the way standardized testing becomes the driving force for education itself--curricula and classrooms become glorified test-prep centers, and test-prep is a far cry from education. This is incredibly unfair and counterproductive in myriad ways, because instead of educating our children, we are brainwashing them to think that the process is irrelevant, that learning is about knowledge rather than understanding or curiosity or (god forbid) creativity. We wind up with a society of people who only care about things if they will be tested, the \"is this gonna be on the test\" way of unthinking, uncaring, unintrospective life. Cary Bertoncini
    You make them as fair as possible, and then you use them. (The relentless attack on testing in USA is really an assault on facts and knowledge. Progressive educators continue to try to create a fact-free classroom where every kid gets at least a B.)
    Bruce Deitrick Price
    People may not like standardized testing but ranking based on performance is done all the time, from career advancement to atheletics.Mark
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