Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Kicking High School Students

I think Slate is excellent, and I know they take pride in framing their stories in a contrarian way. But they took this article , about American vs. international test scores, and labeled it "American High School Kids aren't Stupid--They're Lazy."

The point Alexandra Starr is making is a good one: that American students have no incentive to do well on international assessments, so they may not reflect their actual ability as well as ACT scores and state graduation exams do. But illustrating the story with a Mad Magazine caricature of a slouching wastoid kid and calling him "lazy" is just taking another easy knock on kids.

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