Thursday, August 04, 2005

College Board Liberalism

National standardized tests are the last places I would expect a liberal to dominate (well, except for AP US History). I found multiple left-slanted questions on, of all tests, the English Composition Test (similar to the SATII Writing test). So much for politics staying out of education. They started attacking our roots ever since the 1970's.

Identifying sentence errors:
"Undoubtedly, more voters in the urban areas will have voted for her if Juanita Morton had taken a less conservative stance."
Lemme guess: the error is "conservative."
"Introducing new ideas or even reestablishing old ones is always a highly controversial matter, especially in a pluralistic and changing democratic society."
Way to contradict yourselves idiots. A democratic society constantly changes BECAUSE it's the easiest society to discuss and debate your ideas, not because it's "especially the hardest place to introduce new ideas." Try proposing democracy in China and see how far you get. I already have $25,000 set aside for each of you to try to bail you out.
"Modern Yugoslavs are committed to self-managed socialism, a system under which the workers rather than the state, owns most enterprises."
How much did the socialists pay you to put this one on the test? Notice the extremely apologetic and even promotional tone of the question.
"Shrewd politicians speculate that people will stand in line longer at the polls to vote against somebody than they will voting for somebody."
So that's why the Democrats talk down very single thing the Republicans propose and do; build enough opposition against them, and you'll have people waiting half an hour at the polls just vote against the Republicans. Reality check Dr. Dean. Your 50 States Victory program will never work--not so long as Americans retain their ability to think for themselves.
"Because Burns had a strong sense of social justice, she protested over her party's failure to support a tax decrease for senior citizens"
Sounds like a blatant criticism of conservatism. I willing to bet you that the original sentence had "health care" instead of "a tax decrease," before a more level-headed editor made them take it out and replace it (either that or they're being sly through subtlety).
"Through the artful use of flattery, this fashion designer manags to overwork seamstresses, underpay models, and, most important, manipulates the tastes of buyers, both male and female."
Because we all know corporations are evil and advertisements are just brainwashing tools. What's wrong with praising your workers? An employer's lack of appreciation is why workers' unions start bitching in the first place.
"It is doubtful that economists ever meant to suggest that stock-market gains are a completely reliant index of the health of the economy."
OH NOEZ! IT'S T3H EV1L CORPORATIONS AGAIN!!!11oneoneone.

Sentence corrections:
"The President's personal adviser can exercise enormous power despite the fact of no election being held for the position."
BUSH IS A DICTATOR! HELP FIDEL CASTRO, SADDAM HUSSEIN, KIM JONG IL, AND JIANG ZEMIN AGAINST DICTATORSHIP!
"Althrough several groups were absolutely opposed to the outside support given the revolutionary government, other groups were as equal in their adamant approval of that support."
This test was written in the 70's. You make your own interpretation of this question.
"The filibuster on voting-rights legislation went on for three days and nights; senators slept when they could on benches in the hall."
It's the 70's. The Civil Rights Act is in full effect. Why are you still bitching about voting rights?
"Because the workers approached their jobs with very little interest and almost no energy, their productivity was, not surprisingly, very low."
More Union rambling. Americans have some of the best (maybe even the best) working conditions in the world. Workers take WAY too much for granted, so stop bitching.

And here's the clincher--question 90 on a 90-question test:
"Western civilization, often by questionable means, attempted to bring their version of progress to nonindustrial societies."
Because we all know that Western civilization is evil. Besides code of law, philosophy, chemistry, physics, modern medicine, sanitation, electricity, computers, and space travel, what has Western civilization contributed to the world? Yet another anti-Western anti-corporate hippie in charge of editing this test. Living conditions became a lot better AFTER industrialization and westernization than conditions before. This one really gets me worked up.

So far you've seen isolated examples from public schools, isolated examples from state-run exams, and examples from US History textbooks. Now you've seen this. If you're still not convinced there's indoctrination, then you my friend are completely brainwashed.

27 Comments:

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Jacob said...

I don't really see how you get from "Western civilization, by questionable means" to your sarcasm of "Well obviously Western Civilization is evil." They're talking about things like the treatment of the Native Americans between the 1500's and 1800's, Imperialism and 'The White Man's Burden', whatever-the-term for the idea that the West was ours for the taking. You know, I think you're reading into these tests a little too much. To use the old adage about poetry, "Sometimes, a rose is just a rose." And, sometimes it means the liberal-gay-homofrenchiefags have come to brainwash and molest our good christian babies. Oh dear.

Besides, standardized testing is a crock, and the College Board is corrupt, but I might be looking at from a different angle than you.

 
At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the previous commenter is ignoring something important.
Why is the test bringing up these subjects at all? Why for example, does an English test bring up political statements? It's not at all necessary, and simply puzzlingly that they appear so often.

 
At 4:42 AM, Blogger The Judge said...

I have to agree with Jacob. Mike read way, way too much into these questions. For instance, Mike says that the test was written in the 1970's. If that's true, then how can the test simultaneously slam Bush's first election (BTW, if you read the relevant question carefully, you'll see that it is really about the President's personal advisor). And how can a question about non-productive workers be remotely construed as pro-union? I get the feeling that with regard to this test, Mike was a victim looking for a victimizer.

 
At 5:48 AM, Blogger The Judge said...

I also forgot to comment on Anonymous. Mike showed us 12 questions out of 90. That's 13% of the total test. Is that "often?" Surely politics makes up at least 13% of our daily lives. And, as Mike said, this test was written in the 1970's. The national political climate was different then, more charged. Perhaps politics was on everyone's mind. I would also dispute that even the 12 questions illustrated are all political. For instance, two concern labor and labor relations. Again, I have to state that I think Mike went overboard on his liberal conspiracy idea.

 
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