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Is the SAT irrelevant?



High school students around Florida and the country will head to "testing centers" later this month to take the next administration of the SAT exam. Especially for teens on the bubble of getting into the college of their choice, the results could make or break their chances.

A Chicago teen, Peter W. Fulham, suggests in a Chicago Tribune opinion piece that the test means nothing and should go "the way of Michael Jackson's singing career." Away.

"Students should be tested on their ability to solve real problems, to make innovative decisions, to think creatively. The crass, reductive approach of the SAT is counterproductive to all of these ideals," Fulham writes. "We have a formulaic test for a stunningly non-formulaic world, and this needs to change."

Thoughts, anyone?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:31am]


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