David Cohen channeled his inner Jonathan Swift this past weekend when he wrote a faux letter from a student to a teacher, thanking the teacher for helping raise the student’s test scores. (You’re advised to put your dark comedy radar on full blast before proceeding.)
By providing me with chances to read anthologized literary excerpts and random workplace documents, all followed by multiple choice assessments, you showed a commitment to my learning, and my test scores that spring really proved how far I had come. I was totally comfortable dealing with any readings chosen for me, and comfortable choosing the answers to other people's questions. I also remember that you showed us how to answer the questions without even doing most of the reading, and that sure did help on the test!
A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.