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Many of South Africa’s primary and secondary schools are dysfunctional. But should universities use this as an excuse to turn all applicants from these schools away? REUTERS/Ryan Gray

Moving beyond the educational blame game in South Africa

Data from the National Benchmark Test can be used by universities to support students who lag behind in academic literacy.
Despite criticism from segments of the community, affirmative action helps many disadvantaged Asian-Americans. Torwai Studio/Shutterstock.com

Asian America needs affirmative action in higher education

Not all Asian-Americans are high-achieving model minorities. What happens when the myth of Asian disadvantage hurts some of the most marginalized students in the US?
There have been some serious fallouts from standardized testing. Judy Baxter

Test data misuse reaches absurd levels

Art teachers have been evaluated on English test scores. There seems to be no limit to how test data are being used to punish students, teachers and schools.
If you think about it, producing graduates who can think critically is good for any society. From www.shutterstock.com

Working together for critical thinking in schools

The ability to think critically benefits individuals and societies. Why, then, is it so rare for critical thinking to be taught in schools?
Students are refusing tests as part of a nationwide Opt Out movement. bibiphoto / Shutterstock.com

Students are opting out of testing. How did we get here?

If the Opt Out movement has gained ground, it is not without reason. Testing has not only pushed learning out, but taught people how to "game" the system.

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