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From "Anthem" and Response

Author’s note: as I have a busy lunch schedule this week, I have included here a poem I wrote during a workshop after being given a short prompt. 207 more words

Op-ed: Culture of testing harmful to students 

A recent letter to the editor (D-H, Nov. 30) concerning a Greater Albany Public Schools board meeting on Nov. 29, included some information I hope to clarify concerning myself, GAPS teachers and standardized testing. 59 more words

Guest Opinion

[Society] 1 - Japanese education and "the IKEA society" 

Anyone would agree that Japan is one of the safest, richest, most convenient countries on the planet. Why isn’t it happier?

According to the World Happiness Report of 2017, Japan ranks 51st, behind countries like Russia and Italy but also Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago… and has a higher suicide rate than North Korea​. 1,010 more words


I Got Rejected from the Same College Almost Three Times: Why ACT Scores Should Not Impact Our Chances Of Academic Success

Just about everyone has watched those cheesy 90’s teen movies where the main protagonist’s dream is to attend the college of her dreams and fall in love while doing it. 1,314 more words


Middle School Math

One of my jobs right now, aside from authoring which is–at present–unpaid, is tutoring K-12 students to take standardized tests. It’s true: there’s viable paying work teaching the one thing I was REALLY good at in school, test taking. 601 more words

Real Life

The Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

This country has its fair share of educational issues, and one of the more controversial ones is the use of standardized testing. To those who are unfamiliar, standardized tests are tests that are scored in a consistent way across all participants – some examples being the SATs, ACTs, and NAEPs. 479 more words


Do Test Scores Still Matter In College Admission?

There are hundreds of colleges that do not require test scores to make admission decisions. Every year the list of test-optional colleges grows. In addition to smaller colleges, well-known colleges are also being added to the list. 805 more words

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