Do not misunderstand. I am not opposed to assessment. Indeed, we assess students all the time and should do it more efficiently and effectively. I am opposed to objective tests that foster a misapprehension about what education is and is not. I have a great horror of giving in to those legislators, trustees, higher education officials, and even colleagues who want to reduce education to something simple, an in-out process. For me, education is an ongoing process of growth and expansion, fostering the abilities of learning how to learn, responding creatively to one's environment, thinking, and imagining. Especially at the undergraduate level, we must resist the narrow idea that our job is to prepare students for the job market. What that job market will be tomorrow is unknown, and what the rest of our students' lives will be is unknowable.
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