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Something rather remarkable happened in Washington during the dying days of summer: National testing moved from the realm of the esoteric into the Oval Office, the U.S. House speaker's oratory, and the news-talk shows.
While helping my parents manage their moment-to-moment existence, I find myself increasingly drawn to the past. I revisit my childhood. Growing up, each of us builds an understanding of who our parents are and how our family functions. We construct an overarching narrative of our life and tell particular stories that capture complex family dynamics. Over time, this narrative, these stories, become frozen. We tell them over and over again because they enable us to make sense of our experience. We come to believe in their reality.
College-admissions tests are once again in the news. In the wake of recent challenges to campus affirmative action policies have come new criticisms of the tests. Where race and ethnicity have been outlawed as factors that can be considered in admissions, many educators and citizens have become alarmed at the specter of dwindling minority enrollments.
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