Sunday, February 07, 2010
The Leaden-Eyed, by Vachel Lindsay
Let not young souls be smothered out before
They do quaint deeds and fully flaunt their pride.
It is the world's one crime that its babes grow dull,
Its poor are ox-like, limp and leaden-eyed.
Not that they starve; but starve so dreamlessly,
Not that they sow, but that they seldom reap,
Not that they serve, but have no gods to serve,
Not that they die, but that they die like sheep.
It's standardized test-taking season in the Clark County School District. Our students will be seated in rows for hours at a time, bubbling in answers. Entire school days are devoted to nothing but testing. Did you know that there's not one study that has shown a correlation between high school exit exams and future success, in college or in the world? Not one. Yet we spend huge amounts of money on these tests. Who benefits?