THEY SHALL NOT PASS by Hillel Black

THEY SHALL NOT PASS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another (stock swindles; installment buying) ruefully entertaining but realistically enlightening expose, this time of testing practises ""from Kindergarten I.Q.s to College Entrance Exams"", this is of more specific interest to the concerned parent-and almost every parent is - than Henry Chauncy's Testing, Its Place in Education Today (Harper & Row- p. 825). Here are most of the operative procedures and pragmatic practises which are supposed to designate the elite; the admissions frenzy; overtesting and the often unethical coaching for SATs by commercial groups; the arbitrary cutoff point, or fraction thereof, on admissions; how colleges choose (grades are the most important factor; private school graduates have an 8 to 1 edge); multiple tests and their accuracy, measurements in public grade and high schools and the fallacy of numbers; and finally, test publishing, a booming business, which comes in for the sharpest censure here. Black, like Martin Mayer, (who also has written about Wall Street and schools) handles his material responsibly and readably and his findings extend from the ETS ivy-tower in Princeton to a suburban school where they give out green stamps for A's on report cards.... Remedial reading for a good many people.

Pub Date: Nov. 6th, 1963
Publisher: Morrow