Big Bad Dragon Notes

In Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World by Yong Zhao (2014), governmental policy concerning standardize testing is discussed from both the American and Chinese perspective.

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  Harry Clarke’s Faust

“The damage done by authoritarianism is far greater than the instructional time taken away by testing, the narrowed educational experiences for students, and the demoralization of teachers…

High-stakes testing is America’s Faustian bargain, made with the devil of authoritarianism. Under the rule of authoritarianism, which gave birth to high-stakes testing in the first place, disrespect of teachers as professional colleagues and intrusion into their professional autonomy are praised as characteristics of no-nonsense, tough leadership with high expectations” (p. 5).

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