Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), the latest member of the “Squad,” this week took at at standardized testing, accusing them of racism.
What he said: The newly-elected House lawmakers offered his take on standardized testing on Tuesday in a tweet. He suggested that these tests are the very foundation of systemic racism in the U.S.
“Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism,” he tweeted.
Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism.
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) March 2, 2021
Why? Bowman linked to the National Education Association, the largest teachers union, whose website features a 2018 article that makes a similar assertion.
Titled “The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing,” the article claims that students of color and those from low-income families “have suffered the most from high-stakes testing.” The NEA pinpointed the start of standardized testing in the U.S. in 1838, according to its timeline.
“Decades of research demonstrate that African-American, Latino, and Native American students, as well as students from some Asian groups, experience bias from standardized tests administered from early childhood through college,” the piece claims.
“As the U.S. absorbed millions of immigrants from Europe beginning in the 19th century, the day’s leading social scientists, many of them White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, were concerned by the infiltration of non-whites into the nation’s public schools,” the post reads.
“During World War I, standardized tests helped place 1.5 million soldiers in units segregated by race and by test scores. The tests were scientific yet they remained deeply … Army testing during World War I ignited the most rapid expansion of the school testing movement,” the NEA explains.
Bowman has expressed his opposition to standardized testing before.
If you have never been an educator, you should not be leading on matters of education in our country.
All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms. pic.twitter.com/MMsQ3CnswR
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) February 23, 2021
Worth noting: America is far from being the only country that administers standardized tests in education.
Critics blasted Bowman for his comment. New York Post reporter Jon Levin reported that these tests were created in China.
Holding Congressional office is becoming a tool for maximizing your twitter clout instead of vice versa. https://t.co/1ZtoPTo0rT
— Leighton Akira Woodhouse (@lwoodhouse) March 2, 2021
Standardized testing is actually horrible for a number of reasons but this isn’t one of them. The Left’s obsession with racializing everything means they’re wrong even with they criticize bad stuff. https://t.co/kxog0helC6
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) March 3, 2021
Standardized testing was developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago https://t.co/Al9GgNOySO
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) March 3, 2021
How we got here: Last month, the Biden administration announced that states will have to resume with federally required standardized testing in schools after a one-year pause. The White House said it will give states flexible options, such as shortening the tests, administering them remotely, or extending the testing window.
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