BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON: Teaching without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning
By Denny Taylor. Bobbie Kabuto (Editor). Part of the Garn Press’ Women Scholars Series. Available March/April, 2017.
The Garn Press announcement of the forthcoming publication of Teaching without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning comes on the day when Betsy DeVos has been voted in as Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. It is also on this day that the Republicans in the U.S. Congress finally lost what was left of their moral compass. Today the Republicans in Congress sold out the children who attend public schools in America for personal self-aggrandizement and, oh yes — for money — financial contributions to their political campaigns made by the new billionaire Secretary of Education and her family. The financial entanglements of Betsy DeVos are many and the Republicans in the Senate rammed her nomination through, refusing to allow the usual time allocations to senators to question her, and disregarding that all of the expected financial disclosures were never provided by Betsy DeVos to the Senate Nomination Committee.
Today the U.S. has a Secretary of Education who believes guns should be allowed in schools because of Grizzly Bears, whose family makes money from the debt collection of students’ university loans, a secretary who believes that the regulations which provide support to young women who have experienced sexual assault on college campuses should be rolled back, and finally a secretary that has spent the last decade or so of her life championing charter schools and dismantling the public school system. All of this is tremendously troubling.
Betsy DeVos never attended a public school, never taught in one, and did not send her children to one. She has no qualifications that would justify her becoming Secretary of Education.
And so, Garn Press offers an antidote of sorts to Betsy DeVos’s billionaire, charter school, gun friendly, assessment confused appointment as Secretary of Education. A book which respects the commitment, knowledge, and experience of public school teachers and which recognizes the incredible intellectual capability of the students who attend public school.
Teaching without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning by Denny Taylor and edited by Bobbie Kabuto, is the second book in Garn Press’ Women Scholars Series. This book revisits Taylor’s seminal and influential work based on her Biographic Literacy Profiles Project. Teaching without Testing: Assessing the Complexity of Children’s Literacy Learning is a timely book that challenges the scientific assumptions of standardized testing in developing effective instruction to meet the literate lives of all students. Through detailed observations of student learning, Taylor encourages readers to consider alternative ways of assessing children’s reading and writing based on observable literacy behaviors. Supporting a humanistic perspective to the education of children, Taylor argues that standardized and diagnostic methods of assessment and teaching, based on test-driven, cooperate-led accountability practices, have detrimental effects on children, and result in the de-professionalization of teachers.