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|Jobs Expert: Standardized People Won’t Win America’s Future|
|News Releases - Education & Schools|
|Written by Ginny Grimsley|
|Friday, 15 June 2012 12:28|
Emphasis on Early Testing Leads to a Homogenized Workforce, He Says
Since former President George W. Bush amped up standardized testing throughout the nation in 2002 with the No Child Left Behind Act, critics say results have been negative.
“The bottom line is that there is no clear correlation between standardized testing and the knowledge and skills kids will need to prosper in the 21st century world of work,” says Peter Weddle, former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., and author of A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream (www.AMultitudeofHope.com).
“It seems we’re more interested in creating a homogenized workforce than a nation of individuals who have learned what their talent is and how to bring it to work with them,” he says.
Consider these statistics:
“This problem begins very early on. We take kids in elementary school and give them tests. Those who do well are designated as ‘gifted and talented,’ which means that everyone else is, by definition, ungifted and untalented. And, that’s just not true. In effect, we’re devaluing all the capabilities that are not reflected in a standardized test,” he says.
“Of course, we want to take care of our academically proficient kids, but we have to find a way to do that without signaling to every other child that they were at the end of the line when talent was handed out.”
Too many Americans are stuck in old ways of thinking, from the classrooms of our elementary schools and colleges to the workplace,” Weddle says. “But we’re in a new economy and the path to the American Dream has changed. That means our old-school thinking must change as well.”
He offers ways Americans can get back in the game as world leaders:
About Peter WeddlePeter Weddle, a former recruiter and human resource consultant, is the CEO of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, a trade organization. He has written or edited more than two dozen non-fiction books regarding careers and employment; “A Multitude of Hope” is his first work of fiction. Weddle is the founder and former CEO of Job Bank USA, Inc., one of the largest electronic employment services companies in the United States.
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