Monday, September 12, 2005

Katrina's Kids

It's impossible to imagine what the kids of N'Orleans make of Katrina and her aftermath. The Houston Chronicle has a story today about some of the evacuees who are adjusting to life in Baytown High in far Southeast Texas. There's going to be thousands of stories like these in the near future.

And it begs an important question: Will the test-lovers out there insist that even these students -- whose lives have been turned upside down, homes lost, in many cases families lost, too -- should have to pass a test to go to the next grade? "Hey, kid, you lost everything but you got a 59% instead of a 60%. You stay in the grade you're in. Good luck with the rest of your life."

This is one of many problems with the current testing regiment and a blind adherence to test results: It allows for no mitigating circumstances. Standards, standards, standards, we hear relentlessly. And I believe in standards. But to hold everybody -- irregardless of personal circumstances -- to the same standards is absurd at best and cruel at worst.


Blogger Mike in Texas said...

Of course they will be forced to take the tests, and when they don't do well the arguements will come out for a national curriculum, so kids whose lives have been turned upside down and inside out, can take right up in the test prepping when they move to another school.

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