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Legendary scholar and philosopher Noam Chomsky turns his biting wit toward education ranking systems and the increasing pressure on teachers to "teach to the test," reducing schools and students to empty numbers, in this interview. “The assessment itself is completely artificial," he says. "It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential. You’re giving some kind of a rank, but it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless, and the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning us into individuals who devote our lives to achieving a rank."
Watch the video here, and check out our December 2014/January 2015 double issue on the threats to public schools and the activists fighting to save them.