The Tyranny of the Test

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The "No Child Left Behind" Act has created new business opportunities for standardized test companies like Kaplan, which has been brought into failing NYC schools at a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars per school. Former Kaplan tutor Jeremy Miller talks about what these programs are doing for students, and asks if it's worth the cost. Miller’s article in the September Harper’s is "Tyranny of the Test."


Jeremy Miller

Comments [6]

rachel leinweber from nyc

wow. this show was packed with interesting and well thought out remarks, based on real stories repeating all the time in the race to define the 'well educated' urban kid. it is striking how candid Mr. Miller is willing to be; a very very rare quality.

As a parent of three in the NYC school system, I can concur wholeheartedly with the idea that the mercenary, simplistic and formulaic way the tutorial companies have found to get the customers and show 'results' is widespread.. it really is all about the money $$$.

I thought it also very telling, discussing how the Kaplan instructors were directed to deal with staff and teachers inside the schools in NYC who showed less than enthusiastic behavior for the program being implemented. While this was seen as a form of subversion and non compliance, it could also be seen as a healthy dose of questioning. all in all, the observations and description by Mr. Miller demand attention. Thx to L.Lopate for having him on the show. That's why we love NPR/WNYC !!

Sep. 02 2008 07:46 PM
anonyme from manhattan

So I guess approaches like Montessouri and Rudolph Steiner are way off. Nop wonder nobody questions anything anymore.

Sep. 02 2008 01:49 PM
Charlie Roberts from Oceanport, NJ

For quite some time now, I have been bombarded by Emails . . . mostly getting caught by my spam filters . . . from Kaplan University. I have been ignoring and deleting them but is this indicative of anything?

Sep. 02 2008 01:49 PM
Sam from NYC

Besides Kaplan, one should count the number of tutoring places that have mushroomed in the NYC Chinese community. This should mean positive in that parents are pushing for excellence in school. Asians have always believed that one would find gold and silver only in the book.

Sep. 02 2008 01:39 PM
anonyme from manhattan

This kind of schooling has nothing to do with learning - it is all dead and wonderless. How to kill creativity and create drones. What kind of robots will they make of the vibrant children they receive in kindergarten classes? Where are problem-solving and curiosity? Is Bloomberg a friend of Kaplan?

Sep. 02 2008 01:36 PM
Hugh from Brooklyn

What happens in rural areas where poverty may be very high on a per family or per capita basis BUT where a company like Kaplan doesn't see any likelihood of profit.

AND is this another step in the privatization of public education in the United States?

Sep. 02 2008 01:29 PM

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