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  •  He's not here to speak for himself, (3+ / 0-)
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    WillR, Sparhawk, Buckeye Nut Schell

    because he can't read, but I think it's a stretch to assume he feels his lack of ability to read has been an advantage for him. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that it's been a disadvantage for him.

    You ask,

    Why do people think he is less than because he cannot read?
    I don't think anyone in this discussion thinks he is "less than." But I definitely think he is less advantaged than most people if he cannot read.

    I think your argument suggests the testing of children's skills and knowledge is just to measure children's abilities, child by child, against one another. I don't think that's what standardized testing is meant to do. I think it works with the assumption most children, by a certain age and grade level, should be able to read and demonstrate skill in subjects that are crucial for their ability to support themselves later in life.

    I personally don't think we've come to this debate because of individual teachers' talents or lack thereof. I think the reform struggle has to do with methods of teaching going back decades in this country that have led to children, in significant numbers, not reaching normal levels of knowledge and skill.

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