The blog of a man who just plain needs to stop posting.
sorry i’m late, professor. im disenchanted with the human experience and waking up every morning thrusts me into an instant existential crisis
basically they’re dumbing it down. wow
the SAT has always been deliberately biased. this is an effort to reverse this. the essay was always the most markedly biased towards people with test prep (read: rich people) because the rubric never actually matched what a generally good essay meant - it was stupid, specific things they were looking for that you couldn’t figure out from the prompt.
same with the vocabulary. even if you spent your whole high school career reading some of the most difficult literature in the world, you would not know SAT vocabulary, or even have ever seen it. because it’s obscure words that allowed them to sell test prep.
if you read the article, you’ll see they’re also going to partner with Khan Academy to provide free test prep. in other words, free access to their bullshit requirements, which is hugely important for lessening the marginalization of poor students.
being upset about this is pretty much just plain classist.
keep in mind, this is coming from someone who got a 2200 on their first testing, and whose highest score was the essay. this change would not have helped me if i had been part of it.
The whole test is just bullshit and I dont think taking out the writing section and giving free test prep addresses any of its core problems. I think the college board should be encouraging college admissions offices to take the test less seriously and help them realize that its ONE part of a students portfolio and picture, and also help them to make the test optional at ALL schools.
Hell, even I did well on the SATs and think it’s bullshit. Do you KNOW how often I had to study for that one damn test? Like if you don’t have a calculator for that test you’re fucked. Not only that, but being someone who took pre-calc in high school and aced all of my tests in school, that math section STILL had parts that stumped me.
Speaking as someone who did not study for the SAT and still did well, what pisses me off most about the SAT is that it doesn’t test students’ knowledge. It just tests students’ ability to take a test. While these upcoming changes will alleviate that somewhat, there’s still the fact that the test itself is stuck behind what I feel is a crazy high pay-wall for something that pretty much doesn’t get used anywhere except your college application.
What’s going on here is good, but it’s not nearly enough.
While I agree with the general sentiment, I’ll have to disagree with your first statement as the SAT is not intended to test for knowledge, but aptitude, or ability. This is an important distinction because the whole point of the SAT is to say “so about how well would you handle your first year of college.”
Knowledge may be part of that, but it would be difficult to test for language skills without introducing a great deal of bias, especially to those whose first language is not English.
Here’s the rub, though: If the entire point of the SAT is to gauge first-year success in college, there are statistically better indicators of that (GPA, class rank, etc.) which don’t require students and/or their families to spend money out-of-pocket on a separate test and (formerly, what with this change) test prep. In that case, the SAT becomes redundant (not to mention time-consuming) at best, and at worst, it becomes an unwarranted but necessary expenditure that shuts out poorer students from even being considered by most colleges.
The only remedy I’d have for that is to make the SAT (including the test itself, not just test prep) completely free and make submission of scores optional, though no doubt that would only treat a symptom rather than the disease at large.
Saw this somewhere else and felt the need to post it cause no one else ever really tells you this stuff
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friendly reminder not to support lindt this easter season, or apparently ever again, because they support autism speaks.
can someone please explain why autism speaks is so bad?
because they’re adamant that autism is a disease that can be “cured”. They don’t have a single autistic person on their board. Autism Speaks produces advertisements, small films, ect. about what a burden autistic people are to a society. They only spend about 4% of their money on “family services.” They create a stereotype that makes it hard for actual autistic people, like myself, be heard and recognized as actually autistic. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder before they realized that I actually showed signs of Asperger’s. They don’t actually help us.
That’s the problem with Autism Speaks.
(tw for violence, ableism, abuse, murder, and death)
It goes deeper than not having any autistic board members. Many of the allistics running the organization promote the horrific notion that you’re better off dead than autistic, and their influence and “activism” only supports the ideology resulting in the continued murder of autistic children and adults by their parents and caregivers.
Former Autism Speaks board member Harry Slatkin, whose wife, Laura, continues to serve on the Board of Directors, stated in an interview with Town and Country while still a board member that sometimes he hoped their autistic son David would drown in the backyard pond rather than “suffer like this all his life.” Evidencing a pattern of similarly violent rhetoric, Autism Speaks is also responsible for the 2006 PSA “Autism Every Day" in which their then Vice President states on camera that she considered putting her autistic daughter in the car and driving off a bridge, and that the only reason she refrained from doing so was because her other, non-autistic daughter would have been waiting for her at home—her autistic daughter was in the room as she made these statements. Furthermore, the producer of this PSA explicitly admitted that the film was intentionally staged to portray negative images of autistic people and their families.
Only four days following the release of “Autism Every Day,” pathologist Karen McCarron smothered her autistic daughter with a garbage bag. McCarron stated that she murdered Katie because her “autism had not been improving,” had thought about killing Katie, that made an earlier brief attempt at suffocation, wanted to cure Katie, thought killing Katie would make her “complete” in heaven, and wanted to live without autism and thus had to kill Katie. Investigators found that McCarron was obsessed with different treatments for Katie. (See People v. FRANK-McCARRON, 934 NE 2d 76 - Ill: Appellate Court, 3rd Dist. 2010.) Though it is not presently possible to draw a direct connection between Autism Speaks’ PSA and Katie’s murder, this crime and dozens like it only underscore how the kind of rhetoric that Autism Speaks favors only serves to recklessly endanger the lives of autistic people.
Autism Speaks also publicly supports the Judge Rotenberg Center, a group home for autistic and neurodivergent students that uses “treatments” like food and sleep deprivation and electric shock to try and train the residents into acting neurotypical. The center has changed states three times in an attempt to bypass regulation against abusive treatment, and their practices have resulted in the deaths of more than one student.
It’s not just an issue of Autism Speaks making it harder for us to get proper diagnoses and treatment. Autism Speaks is actively killing us.
I was eyeing up their strawberries and cream lindor the other day but this is more important than delicious chocolate.