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By Renita Schmidt, Paul Lee Thomas

This publication deals a choice to all who're concerned with literacy schooling. It explores the prescriptions that prevent real and potent ways to literacy guideline. The scripts pointed out right here comprise the Bureaucratic Script, the company Script, the coed Script, the mum or dad and Public Script, and the executive Script. The authors carry their lecture room instructing stories (over thirty years mixed) in addition to their study base to a dialogue of literacy spanning common via highschool. The dialogue bargains the reader useful and research-based lenses for choosing and overcoming the obstacles to most sensible perform whereas keeping off the inherent pitfalls stumbled on too frequently in our faculties. The implied solution to the subtitle is a definitive “No”, however the textual content is going past criticizing the present nation of the sector and seeks to empower either academics and scholars looking literacy progress past the scripts that plague twenty-first century commitments to responsibility and testing.

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From both sections, we can see that the SAT reinforces many of the assumptions about literacy found in NAEP testing—reading ability can and should be measured by associating reading skills with reading ability, vocabulary is assumed to have a high correlation with reading ability although there appears to be a shift to vocabulary in context as opposed to vocabulary in isolation, and reading on the SAT is portrayed as a timed event that results in answering multiple-choice questions (not authentic in any way).

My childhood memories of tests that were not highly important in regard to school or teacher achievement are gone. Many would argue that the tests have always been used to rank and sort children, and it is the accountability measures that have escalated. What is happening in the world that might be contributing to this escalation? S. history; Sputnik spurred us to action in the late 1950s and then A Nation at Risk pointed to educational weaknesses in the areas of math and science by the early 1980s.

This chapter will look at how stories like this one have become common in schools today. The bureaucratic script—and how it works to manufacture the idea that teachers are not capable of educating America’s children—will be explored and critiqued. Rubrics or scoring guides and some of the tests used to maintain a stranglehold on children, teachers, and our educational system will also be explored. First I will look briefly at how the story of school failure has been created and massproduced in this country.

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