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The Myth of Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 022610009X
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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022610009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226100098
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Myth of Achievement Tests: The GED and the Role of Character in American Life edited by James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries, and Tim Kautz. 452 pages hardcover, © 2014, University of Chicago Press.

Although this is an edited compilation, the editors pack this book with ten chapters, the last nine that flow like a one-author book. It makes a profoundly strong case against the GED. This book will not be favored by the Education School establishment because it is built on solid history without regard for the every-three-year fads that churn paradigm-less educationism. The main editor is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and the other two editors are likewise economists. Each chapter is followed by an extensive list of references.

Some folks think of the GED as a “graduate equivalency test” while the actual name is General Education Development testing program. Today, the American Council on Education (ACE) is an advocate of the test as is Pearson Education, Inc. The general public image of the GED is that it gives high school dropouts a “second chance” to complete their high school education. This book assembles the ample negative data to show that the GED has many negative consequences and is not anywhere near the equivalent of the high school experience. However, with America stuck in the third iteration of “No Child Left Behind” (the Every Student Succeeds Act”) that continues the test prep pressures on public schools under state laws, the clear distinction between genuine high school and the teach-to-the-GED may be narrowed due to the erosion of public schoolwork by the very tactics used to prepare students for the GED.
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An important book on a neglected subject. The prose can be dense but the central points are clear
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