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April 23, 2013

Parent-Faculty Alliance eyes education reform


Arnold authored a recent opinion piece in the Press-Republican challenging the pitfalls of top-down education, which he claims leave schools helpless in outlining the future of education for their children.


Arnold believes mass-produced testing harbors a corporate agenda driven for capital gain.

He taught history.

“I found later on, I knew practically nothing about history.”

As he proceeded to teach, he said, he proceeded to learn.

“I didn’t pay any attention to the (standardized) test,” he said of working with students.

Instead, he worked from historic materials.

Describing the lesson plan to those at the meeting, he drew loud applause.

“We took it (the test) anyway. We did so well we were accused of cheating,” he said.

“Take on that task,” Arnold urged the parents.

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Read SUNY Plattsburgh Prof. Emeritus Robert L. Arnold's opinion piece on standardized testing at

For upcoming dates and information about alliance meetings, visit the Saranac Lake Parent Faculty Education Alliance Facebook page.


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