Third-Grade Test Befuddles Ph.D.’s

If four grown-ups with Ph.D.’s in the humanities can’t agree on the right answer to a multiple-choice question on a city public school third-grader’s English Language Arts practice test, how are the kids supposed to figure it out?

That’s the question posed on SchoolBook by two professors who tried to take their son’s “vacation homework” test, along with another couple, and ended up finding disheartening connections between the test’s “reductive approach to literature” and a school reading program that seemed almost designed to thwart the love of reading. Read their essay on SchoolBook »

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