Sites to behold

An oustanding site for parents and others interested in the discussions about testing and its relationship to schooling is a site maintained by Alfie Kohn whose ‘care for kids’ attitude is widely known throughout the world :-

There is also a number of active school organisations in USA whose ‘care for kids’ is profound.  As difficult as the task is, they oppose the blanket testing behemoth [called ‘National Standards’] that destroys children’s natural love for learning,  an outcome of the Federal Government’s ‘No Child Left Behind’ [NCLB] assaults. Similar to the Australian Government’s ‘Education Revolution’, the outcomes destroy curriculum spirit and teacher confidence.  Recognising the greatest threat to healthy schooling in generations, only a few of the organisations are mentioned below.

Outstanding Australian sites providing access to others concerned with pupil welfare include

There is a splendid NZ site: maintained by Bruce Hammonds.

It would be appreciated if information about others could be supplied to to share .


There is also a number of  U-tube presentations that bear viewing. Some can be accessed by placing their names on GOOGLE; others direct.  They may not win an Oscar award, but they do say something about testing. Again, the names of other learning-related video clips would be appreciated.


1. Teachers Take on NCLB: A Look at NCLB                                                                                                                                                  2. Your Child is More Than a Test Score                                                                                                                                                       3. Barack Obama on Standardised Tests                                                                                                                                                       4. No Child Left Behind                                                                                                                                                                                         5. Stopping Test Taking Anxiety : For Teachers                                                                                                                                         6. Test Taking Strategies                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Dora Gives Test Taking Tips                                                                                                                                                                          8. Mr. Beam – Taking School Exam


[Thanks for any further references]