Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

High Stakes Tests: A Modest Proposal

Publication Date: 2003-06-12

The writer's simple solution to the fuss over the FCAT would work in other states too.

Put our officials to the test
Re: FCAT foes pushing boycott.

Let us have a very simple solution to all the fuss over this FCAT testing. Each year when the test is given, it would be required that the governor, the members of the Legislature, the school board, the school administration, the teachers, and our mayor and city council all shall be required to pass this test.

Failure to do so would put them back to being a regular working person without any degree, since failing the FCAT seems to be the denial of any further education to a senior who has not passed. Do we think Thomas Edison would have passed or would we still be in the dark, the way this state now seems to want our many seniors who failed this test to be?

published in St. Petersburg Times June 12, 2003


This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.