No, I'm not going to talk about dastardly attitudes that different parts of the country have toward one another.
Following footnotes around from One Nation Under Therapy
, I found another Diane Ravitch book (she wrote Left Behind: A Century of Failed School Reforms
) called The Language Police
, which talks about the bias and sensitivity boards assigned to review tests and textbooks. I'm sure I'll have a lot to say, but something brought up in the first chapter struck a chord with me: Reading passages were struck out of tests because of "regional bias." In other words, a passage about dolphins and ships was deemed unfair because kids who lived by the sea might have an advantage over kids who lived inland. Another passage was rejected because it involved hiking and mountain-climbing, and kids who lived near mountains might have an advantage.( Collapse )