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[Susan notes: Here is a great statement on college readiness: True readiness for college includes a capacity to become excited by ideas, a wish to expand one's mind and a willingness to throw oneself into work for its own sake -- all qualities that test-driven education undermines.]

Published in New York Times
02/20/2011

To the editor

Re Data on New York's Graduates Show Most ArenĂ¢€™t College-Ready (front page, Feb. 8):



State and city education officials are primarily evaluating college readiness in terms of standardized test scores, and their main proposal for improving readiness is to make their high-stakes tests more difficult to pass.



But this response will place additional emphasis on test-driven education, which can turn students off to learning. Students feel that they must work hard simply to meet external testing demands and often develop an antipathy for the material.



True readiness for college includes a capacity to become excited by ideas, a wish to expand one's mind and a willingness to throw oneself into work for its own sake -- all qualities that test-driven education undermines.





The writer is a professor of psychology at City College.

William Crain


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