St. Lawrence University President Daniel Sullivan didn’t mince words this week when he very publicly blasted U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.
At the New York university’s commencement Sunday, Sullivan called a report by a higher education commission Spellings commissioned “a national embarrassment” that will dumb down education with a one-size-fits all system “far removed from intentional, serious, dedicated and demanding study.”
Spellings spoke recently at an Education Writers Association conference in Los Angeles that I attended.
Here’s what she said then about testing, college style.
“I think we would all agree .. with the principle that students who have completed a baccalaureate degree would have the basic ability to write, to think and to solve problems. Those are knowable values in modern psychometrics. Am I going to prescribe a one size fits all? No I am not. But I do want to invest with folks who are willing to pioneer on those fronts.”
What do you think? Should higher education be measured in the same way as K-12 systems, with a No Child Left Behind model of testing?