One even publishes a blog extolling their virtues, says they improve performance, and criticizes their detractors. I would not say that my blog "extolls the virtues" of testing or "criticizes their detractors". Neither would I say, as the reporter later states, that I "blog enthusiastically about standardized testing". I would say, instead, that I have been examining the pluses and minuses of opting out, and that I come down on the side of supporting standardized testing, but within limits. And I have not been criticizing the detractors of standardized tests, but rather I have been challenging their arguments and presenting my own point of view. While I try to blog with purpose, I also try to persuade with logic and reason and to represent the views of others fairly. When challenged, I try to follow Desmond Tutu's advice: “Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." Regardless of how my own views were represented, I hoped that the article would add some value to the discussion of the PSSAs and standardized testing. Was that accomplished? Not so much.
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