In a message dated 97-02-01 16:48:30 EST, Marge wrote:
(In discussing whether or not democratic schools can be charter schools
because of requirements placed on charter schools:) "Implicit in the
of "outcomes" and "measurements" is testing; testing has to have a basis;
does this not almost certainly imply a "curriculum"? "
Alan et al: To clarify a little, I was not so much referring to "democratic"
schools as I was referring to "curriculumless" schools -- those which grant
the learners freedom to follow their own muse/s. I still am hard pressed to
see how standardized testing of any kind dovetails in this concept. I
realize the ubiquity of tests in our society, and I am not invalidating their
sometimes necessity. I believe that one can "learn" how to successfully take
them pretty easily -- by taking a few -- and certainly without them being
mandated year after year in a learner's life.