greetings, testing, and a long overdue thanks
Hello everybody! Hope reading period's going well for everyone and that breaks were enjoyable all around. Despite the often borderline-unhealthy intensity of our study schedules during the upcoming exam period, I suppose we can be thankful that we don't have to worry about university-level standardized testing in addition to finals. Apparently, in the spirit of No Child Left Behind, The Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education is considering introducing standardized testing as an accountability tool for colleges and universities. Is this what pedagogy has come to? My, my. Well, there's a lot to say on that subject, so maybe we'll have to host a special guest discussion on Cambridge Common, especially in honor of the curricular review, exploring the various meanings and purposes of education. That could get deep. In the meantime, best of luck to everyone in staying as sane and balanced as possible in the coming week. (more in expanded post).
Also, this is kind of a long shot, but if someone who signed a kind comment to me as "E" a while ago is still reading, I just wanted to say thanks, I really appreciated it. I thought I knew who you were and was going to contact you in 'real life,' but my guess was wrong. Anyway, your words meant a lot to me and if you're up for it, I would love to meet up sometime and discuss life outside the blogosphere. :) Nothing beats personal interaction. So send me an email if you feel like it.