Academic journal article Childhood Education

What Is Best for the Child?

Academic journal article Childhood Education

What Is Best for the Child?

Article excerpt

In the introduction to ACEI's book Resisting the Pendulum Swing: Informed Perspectives on Education Controversies, editor Mary Renck Jalongo notes, "The education practitioner's life is anything but simple, and the appropriate courses of action are anything but clear." A quick review of ACEI's library of past journals, books, and conference programs confirms this observation.

In the first issue of Childhood Education, published in 1924, Alice Hanthorn, General Supervisor, Cleveland, Ohio, wrote an article examining programs of standard and informal testing for primary grades, in which she said:

"While most primary teachers feel dissatisfied with the standard tests for the first two grades, still the testing movement as a whole is accepted as a worthwhile part of the school procedure. Informal testing is not so universally accepted ... teachers need to get the experimental attitude of mind. When a teacher begins to weigh her procedures in the light of her own experiments, she is lifted out of the drudgery of teaching into the field of research."

The issue of standardized testing vs. observation continues to be an issue faced today as ACEI members struggle with the principles they learned in school as opposed to the expectations of the education system. For ACEI members, the bottom line has always been what is best for the child. …

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