Saturday, August 31, 2013

may the force be with us...

I loved The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet by Tom Angleberger. It may be my favorite book in the series so far.

The Origami Yoda series has always been a favorite in our house. We love how Tom Angleberger addresses life in middle school.  Jabba the Puppet, however, reaches for issues a little bigger... federal mandates for testing in education.

I love how in this book Origami Yoda explains, "Gather a tribe you must." It's ironic that we read this book during the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Like Yoda implies in the book, many small acts, peacefully done together, can create big change.

Now, back to federal mandates for testing...
I've always wondered what the tipping point would be for students to unite against 'the testing machine'. 

More specifically,  what would happen if students decided that they no longer agreed to being falsely measured by SAT testing. If students 'gathered a tribe' -  and as Origami Yoda says "Nothing you should do." -   refused to take the tests, what would colleges do? Would they have to measure students based on the portfolio of work they have done... on their creativity, innovation and curiosity?

Perhaps... lead the rebellion we must.

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