[Susan notes: Here is a great letter, written in terms the public can understand.]
To the editor
Former Lockheed executive Norman Augustine wrote the Aug. 3 commentary Testing isn't devil in disguise. The devil, the "father of lies," is not concerned with testing but is interested in the human soul. Augustine's first deception is "measuring something is often the best way to maximize or improve it." Student learning, like kindness or bravery, cannot be measured but only described. As a CEO, he is concerned with producing widgets. Because he is not an educator, he views students like widgets. He wants his widgets to be better so as to make more profit.
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