As a retired teacher, I appreciated Laura Elder's editorial about standardized testing and parental involvement ("Standardized tests don't solve the parent problem," The Daily News, Sept. 28). It was certainly an accurate picture.

This sentence triggered some thoughts: "Possibly one of the biggest problems with standardized tests is they're not doing what they're meant to do ... ." But what if they are doing what they're meant to do?

The testing industry is served of course, but who else? Corporate recruiters? Folks at the top of the status quo like to pick underlings from the cream of the crop. We monetize everything else, why not our children?

Looking back, ability grouping started trending about the same time integration was gaining ground. Innately unfair tests have been and are being used to sort school children into strata. Could the charter school craze also have a shadow motivation? Mission statements for schools aim for a viable, exploitable, competent workforce.

Skills are crammed in, as opposed to helping students discover and use the talents they came in with and explore the paths that lie before them.

Digressing a bit, I looked up James Henry Hammond in Wikipedia. Oh my God! Still today, similar people are being elected.

Margaret Jimenez

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