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Ohanian Comment: The writer mentions that she babysits two brothers who are 10 and 11. Their beloved grandmother died. If FCAT didn't rule, the boys would be kept out of school; they would probably attend the funeral, and mourn with the rest of the family. Certainly, the state standardized test would not be a worry--or any kind of consideration--at this time.There is no purpose to testing children every year--other than public humiliation of the school.

This story shows how terrorized people are by these tests.

by Ealain

In the state that I live in, we have standardized tests that kids have to take throughout their school years to make sure that they are up to the right level. We call it the FCAT. There are many problems with it–which I won't go into here-–but just know that if they don't pass it, they don’t get to go to the next grade level. The two boys haven't even been told yet that Oma died because they have FCAT this week and their parents don't want them to be distracted.

— Ealain





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