'Rhetoric, Regulation, and Reason'

Feuer, Michael J.
June 1992
Education Week;6/17/1992, Vol. 11 Issue 39, pS16
The article discusses three obstacles that prevent a national system of standards and exams from fulfilling its goals: rhetoric, regulation and reason. The author claims that the belief that standardized testing is at the root of public schoool system's failure has caused a rhetoric of crisis. The second problem, having to do with regulation, is safeguarding tests from misuse. The third obstacle, rationality, has to do with why national education standards are so hard to achieve, causing the author to suggest that it is because there is a cognitive barrier.


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