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    While Schools Ramp Up for Incessant Common Core Testing, Medical Community Questions Need for Many Tests

    by Susan Ohanian

    The outrage is that at the same time physicians are declaring many tests and procedures "useless"--and pulling back, the US Department of Education had pumped nearly $400 million of our tax dollars into developing more tests--the Smarter Balanced and PARCC delivery of Common Core assessment, obligating individual districts to pay a lot more. We don't even know how much, though New York City has budgeted half a billion dollars.

    Half a billion for tests parents and teachers think will be useless.

    The medical cut-back is part of Choosing Wisely campaign. The emphasis is on patients being wise consumers and talking things over with their doctors. "The distinction to be drawn is between 'care' and 'tests,'" said Dr. Thoralf Sundt, chief of cardiac surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Doing tests is not the same as providing care. . . ."

    Alas, education policy makers don't understand the distinction between 'teaching' and 'tests' and they assume that doing tests IS the same as providing learning opportunities.

    Of course, education policy makers have no experience in public schools. Put any one of them in a classroom and it would be like watching a cockroach standing in a puddle of honey.

    According to ABC news, "Many doctors say that the endorsement of less testing by the heavyweight medical specialty groups may just resonate with more physicians and could alter what has been routine practice."

    As we embark on finding how much the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation drive for a national test, think about what the school analogy to the medical solution would be. Can you imagine parents and teachers talking things over and deciding what test might be useful? Currently, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has decided way too much--after consulting nobody.

    If the medical community can embrace less testing, surely teachers can follow.

    Just say don't: Doctors question routine tests and treatments

    By Sharon Begley


    (Reuters) - Now there are 135.

    That's how many medical tests, treatments and other procedures - many used for decades - physicians have now identified as almost always unnecessary and often harmful, and which doctors and patients should therefore avoid or at least seriously question.

    The lists of procedures, released on Thursday by the professional societies of 17 medical specialties ranging from neurology and ophthalmology to thoracic surgery, are part of a campaign called Choosing Wisely. Organized by the American Board of Internal Medicine's foundation, it aims to get doctors to stop performing useless procedures and spread the word to patients that some don't help and might hurt.

    "Americans' view of healthcare is that more is better," said Dr Glenn Stream, a family physician in Spokane, Washington, and board chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which has identified 10 unnecessary procedures. "But there are a lot of things that are done frequently but don't contribute to people's health and may be harmful."

    In a particular case, even a procedure that provides no benefit to the vast majority of people might be appropriate. That's why the physicians emphasize that they are only advising against routine use of the usually unnecessary tests and therapies. . . .

    You can read the rest of the article here

    — Sharon Begley with Ohanian comment
    February 21, 2013

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