"Standardized Testing and Teaching for a Democratic
January 29th and 30th 1999
Wayne State University
E. Wayne Ross Associate Professor in the School of
Education and Human Development at State University of New York at Binghamton.
He is the of editor of "Theory and Research in Social Education" and has
written several articles and books on teaching for a democratic society.
This is our second International Social Studies Conference. This will
be a discussion-based moment for people to share their ideas on education
for a democratic society. While we do have brief opening remarks and an
introductory (participatory) skit planned, this is not a series of presentations
from those who know to those who don't. We hope to maintain and enrich
a continuing dialogue about what needs to be done and how we can best do
it. Come prepared to help provide leadership, to discuss ideas, research,
strategies, and tactics we all might employ.
Monty Neill Executive Director of FairTest
(The National Center for Fair & Open Testing), an advocacy organization
working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and
ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open, and educationally
Storyliving -- This group of professionals from the Detroit
Historical Museum develops and facilitates programs which fully engage
participants in local historical events. Participants travel back
in time and are able to experience the events through creative drama.
There is NO CHARGE, register now: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
|Friday, January 29, 1999:
7 – 10 P.M. Gathering at The
Saturday, January 30, 1999:
Join the conference conveners and presenters for dinner and
conversation. Your only cost will be the cost of your dinner.
10 A.M. - 6 P.M. David
Adamany Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University
9:30 — 10:00 A.M. Registration
10:00 — 10:30 A.M. Opening remarks
10:30 — 12:00 P.M. Two nationally prominent experts on
E. Wayne Ross, editor of Theory and Research in the Social
Studies doing "Standards, Testing and Curriculum Control"
and Monty Neill from FairTest
12:00 — 1:00 P.M. Lunch — on your own
1:00 — 3:00 P.M. Detroit Storyliving
3:00 — 5:00 P.M. Plenary session,
agenda to be set by participants; small group
sessions will break out from plenary, based on interests of the
5:00 — 6:00 P.M. Regroup for sharing
and concluding remarks
The Rouge Forum is a group of educators teaching for a democratic
society. You are invited to join us. We are school workers, professors,
students, parents, and community people concerned about questions like
these: How can we teach against racism, national chauvinism and sexism
in an increasingly authoritarian and undemocratic society? How can we gain
enough real power to keep our ideals and still teach? We are both research
and action oriented. We want to learn about equality, democracy and social
justice as we simultaneously struggle to bring into practice our present
understanding of what that is. We seek to build a caring inclusive community
which understands that an injury to one is an injury to all. At the same
time, our caring community is going to need to deal decisively with an
opposition that is sometimes ruthless.
We have had some modest success in defeating the MEAP
in Michigan, working in faculty organizations to deal with the racism and
sexism in academia, exposing the bogus new tests in Pennsylvania, and in
working in our various unions to try to press forward questions of class
size, curricular freedom, and a just tax system. As part of the Whole
Schooling Consortium, we have sponsored forums in the U.S., bringing
together hundreds of people to mutually build an agenda for democratic
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Rouge Forum Page
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