Is intelligence measurable? And if so, how do we measure it?
This has been a burning question of debate in recent years, as parents and teachers are beginning to view standardized testing as an outdated approach to education.
On her widely popular blog, Seeds For Learning, American teacher and scholar Kimberley A. Hurd discusses why she feels standardized testing is limiting:
“There are many more ways to be smart than what many schools are currently allowing. The current testing culture personally drives me crazy. It does not tell students that they matter. Tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each student special and unique.
The people who create these tests and score them do not know each student the way I do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way the families do. They do not know that some of my students speak two languages. They do not know that they can play a musical instrument or that they can dance or paint a picture. Doesn’t that matter more?”
It seems that Hurd isn’t alone in her thinking, either. Last year, a letter from a teacher to her grade school students which seemed to be inspired by Hurd’s views went mega viral around the web after parents and teachers were moved by its message.
The letter reminded her young students that the people who make these tests don’t see the individual qualities and talents that make each student special.
Capturing the imaginations of people around the globe, the letter reveals the often unspoken truth of education: intelligence is much more than a test score.
Do Standardized Tests Reveal Education Quality?
By that same token, is it accurate to say that a teacher’s worth can be measured by their student’s success rate with standardized tests?
“Employing standardized achievement tests to ascertain educational quality is like measuring temperature with a tablespoon.” wrote W. James Popham in his essay, Why Standardized Tests Don’t Measure Educational Quality.
Popham asserts that beyond general attention to English, math, and so on, the significant differences within individual classroom settings presents a problem to those who must sell standardized achievement tests.
While test developers try their best, they are “obliged to create a series of one-size-fits-all assessments.” Popham explains: “But, as most of us know from attempting to wear one-size-fits-all garments, sometimes one size really can’t fit all.”
‘Good’ Student, ‘Bad’ Student
In her article, Standardized Tests Not A Remedy, Marliese Gause points out that the struggle between low performing and higher performing students has been an ongoing battle for every education system since the beginning.
“Formalized testing has made the problem worse by creating an inflexible rating system that tends to reinforce existing bias in a teacher’s mind about a student’s chance for success. Toss in an absent or surly parent and/or a rebellious kid and you have the perfect ‘loser’ recipe.
On the other hand, putting low achieving students into courses where their chance of success is low, further decreasing their confidence, does not seem the right thing to do either.”
Would it then be more effective to re-invest the millions spent on testing, re-testing, and interpreting those tests into more intensive supports for students?
A New Approach: Personalized Learning
Some European countries, such as Finland, have built successful education models which exclude standardized testing to its students. Educators in this region seem to be less worried about “data” and “test results” than they are about a student’s engagement in their work.
They aren’t alone, either, as some provinces in Canada are also taking the steps towards adopting a more forward approach to education.
In British Columbia, educators have been developing a plan that will offer a more flexible and dynamic education system where students are more engaged and better prepared for their life’s journey.
“The key focus is personalized learning – where students have more opportunity to pursue their passions and interests – while maintaining B.C.’s high standards on foundational skills like reading, writing and numeracy,” said Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education in British Columbia.
Many parents are not yet fully sold on the concept of personalized learning, however, mostly due to the fact that the method will have students working more with computers rather than teachers.
Some believe this approach is a sly way to cut costs on salary wages, and worry that computer learning might jeopardize the success of certain students.
“It is a common pattern through history for the pendulum in education to swing from the right (standardized tests) to the left (open classroom),” said Natalie Mccutcheon, an English teacher with the B.C. school board. “I personally think there needs to be a balance, with some type of structure, but I think the entire education system would need to be restructured for this to occur.“
Whatever the case may be, focusing on guiding students towards their personal interests and passions could spell exciting things for the future of education.
Lessons Learned & Moving Forward
Evolution isn’t just subjective to biology, it is applicable to every system, including education.
That is why these public conversations are both healthy and necessary for our cultural evolution – without them, we would remain stagnant.
The viral letter does well at pointing out that these tests may indeed tell us something of a student’s abilities, but not everything. With humility, we can recognize that standardized tests don’t accurately measure growth for all students, and then work towards a more effective and engaging education paradigm for all.
What are your thoughts on standardized testing and conventional education models? Do you think there is a more accurate approach to education and grading? Share with us in the comment section below!
High Levels of Damage Have Been Discovered In Trees Near Cell Phone Towers
- The Facts:
Multiple studies have raised concerns about different types of unnatural radiation and how it's impacting not only human health, but environmental health.
- Reflect On:
How are these technologies able to continuously roll out without any safety testing? Why are they still not required to go through safety testing? Would this not be in the best interests of everyone?
One strong theme among the citizenry of the world that receives no mainstream media attention is the issue of cell phone towers and the health/environmental threats they pose. There are thousands of peer-reviewed publications in vivo and in vitro that make it quite clear that electromagnetic radiation from our favourite gadgets, wireless devices, as well as the cell phone towers all over the globe are having a biological impact that’s a great cause for concern, or at the very least warrant appropriate safety testing before we continue down this path. This is something that has yet to be done.
This is exactly why a few years ago 200 scientists petitioned the United Nations to look deeper into this issue, to no avail.
Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes on the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans. Damage goes well beyond the human race, as there is growing evidence of harmful effects to both plant and animal life. (source)
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Human health isn’t the only concern. In a study published in Science of the Total Environment, researchers found,
High-level damage in trees within the vicinity of phone masts. We found out that from the damaged side there was always visual contact to one or more phone mast (s). Statistical analyses demonstrated that the electromagnetic radiation from cellphone towers is harmful to trees. Results show that the measurements in the most affected sides of damaged trees (i.e. those that withstand higher radiation levels) are different to all other groups. These results are consistent with the fact that damage inflicted on trees by cellphone towers usually start on one side, extending to the whole tree over time.
This constitutes a danger for trees worldwide. The further deployment of phone masts has to be stopped. Scientific research on trees under the real radio-frequency field conditions must continue.
The study lasted for 9 years and used more than 100 trees.
The field monitoring part of the study was performed in Bamberg and Hallstadt (Germany). Observations and photographic recordings of unusual or unexplainable tree damage were taken along with the measurement of electromagnetic radiation.
In 2015 measurements of RF-EMF (Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields) were carried out. A polygon spanning both cities was chosen as the study site, where 144 measurements of the radiofrequency of electromagnetic fields were taken at a height of 1.5 m in streets and parks at different locations. By interpolation of the 144 measurement points, we were able to compile an electromagnetic map of the power flux density in Bamberg and Hallstadt. We selected 60 damaged trees, in addition to 30 randomly selected trees and 30 trees in low radiation areas (n = 120) in this polygon.
The measurements of all trees revealed significant differences between the damaged side facing a phone mast and the opposite side, as well as differences between the exposed side of damaged trees and all other groups of trees in both sides. Thus, we found that side differences in measured values of power flux density corresponded to side differences in damage. The 30 selected trees in low radiation areas (no visual contact to any phone mast and power flux density under 50 μW/m2 ) showed no damage. Statistical analysis demonstrated that electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone masts is harmful for trees. These results are consistent with the fact that damage afflicted on trees by mobile phone towers usually start on one side, extending to the whole tree over time.
What’s also interesting is that the study points out that natural forms of electromagnetic radiation are not the same and do not have the same impact has unnatural sources of radiation do on plant life. Several researchers have pointed out how this topic has received little attention and these physiological effects are being considered negligible.
The study also concludes that most studies that have addressed the effects of microwaves on animals and plants have documented effects and responses at exposures below limits specified in the electromagnetic radiation exposure guidelines and it is therefore necessary to rethink these guidelines.
Since 2005, on the occasion of medical examinations of sick residents living near mobile phone base stations, changes in nearby trees (crown, leaves, trunk, branches, growth…) were observed at the same time as clinical symptoms in humans occurred. Since 2006 tree damages in the radiation field of mobile phone base stations were documented.
Trees that were in the radio shadow of buildings or of other trees remained healthy, because, the researchers hypothesized, they were protected from the radiation.
The research on EMF’s and their environmental impact is quite limited, and studies on humans show that this type of radiation affects biological organisms, especially humans. For example, a paper published in 2018 in Environmental Research titled “Wi-Fi is an important threat to human health” points out that.
“Repeated Wi-Fi studies show that Wi-Fi causes oxidative stress, sperm/testicular damage, neuropsychiatric effects including EEG changes, apoptosis, cellular DNA damage, endocrine changes, and calcium overload.”
What About 5G?
When it comes to 5G, a study published in 2019 in Frontiers in Public Health is one of many that raises concerns about 5G technology. It points out that “novel 5G technology is being rolled out in several densely populated cities, although potential chronic health or environmental impacts have not been evaluated and are not being followed.” It goes on to emphasize that the range and magnitude of potential impacts of 5G technologies are under-researched, although important biological outcomes have been reported with millimeter wavelength exposure. These include oxidative stress and altered gene expression, effects on skin and systemic effects such as on immune function. In vivo studies reporting resonance with human sweat ducts, acceleration of bacterial and viral replication, and other endpoints indicate the potential for novel as well as more commonly recognized biological impacts from this range of frequencies, and highlight the need for research before population-wide continuous exposures.”
Information You Can Easily Send to Friends & The 5g Summit
We decided to produce a short, to the point free ebook called Is 5G Safe? An Easy To Understand Guide that looks at the 5G issue VERY clearly and concisely. We wrote it in language designed to be simple and factual. In our free ebook, we cover the science behind health effects and environmental effects (trees & insects, like bees) when it comes to EMF radiation from sources like 5G, 4G and 3G.
To help get this out to tens of thousands of people, we collaborated with our friends at the 5G Summit. You can download our ebook as a free gift you get when you sign up for the free 5G Summit: Worldwide Call To Action that starts on June 1st, 2020. It features some of the world’s leading scientists, doctors and activists in the field. It’s going to be very informative as well as let people know what they can do about it.
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Trump Unveils Plan That Would See Big Pharma Reap Massive Profits from COVID-19 Vaccine
Aformer Big Pharma executive and a four-star General have just been appointed by President Trump to lead a “Manhattan project-style effort to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus.” The effort, called Operation Warp Speed, has set a goal to create 300 million doses of a non-existent vaccine by January.
Moncef Slaoui, who used to run research and development for the world’s largest vaccine company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), oversaw the development of an Ebola vaccine in tandem with the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a biotech firm the company had acquired two years earlier, that was distributed in the West African nation of Liberia in 2015. Slaoui joined the board of directors of the Human Vaccines Project in 2018; a public-private partnership that intends to “accelerate the development of vaccines and immunotherapies against major global diseases” and counts with the participation of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world, including Sanofi Pasteur, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and, of course, GSK.
Joining him will be U.S. Army General Gustave F. Perna, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) – the primary provider of materiel to the United States Army – since 2016. As such, Perna has been in charge of logistical management for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) co-production agreements of American weapons systems with foreign countries, in addition to the approximately 149 locations worldwide and over 70,000 military and civilian employees who carry out the command’s motto: “If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it, or eats it – AMC provides it.”
The announcement comes two days after a press release by the Department of Defense revealed that a $138 million contract was awarded to ApiJect Systems America for the production of millions of prefilled syringes as part of projects “Jumpstart” and “RAPID” (Rapid Aseptic Packaging of Injectable Drugs). The DoD claims that the contract will “dramatically expand U.S. production capability” of injectable vaccines by October of this year. Project Jumpstart, according to the press release, was coordinated with their Joint Acquisition Task Force and HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), led by Dr. Robert Kadlec, who has recently been the subject of intense scrutiny over some highly questionable ties to Big Pharma and curious past.
A tug of war for the SNS
The Trump administration’s ostensibly independent program to develop and deploy a vaccine against COVID-19 had been in the hands of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner and Trump advisor, Peter Navarro, though Bloomberg reported in April that HHS Secretary Alex Azar had been tasked by Trump to speed up the development of a vaccine and had been meeting for at least a month prior with White House officials.
The rollout is occurring as Congressional attention focuses on irregularities surrounding the supply of ventilators in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), a thousand of which were shipped to South Africa just the other day. In addition, yesterday’s so-called “whistleblower” testimony by ousted Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) chief, Rick Bright, is also spotlighting the issues at the SNS, which is controlled by HHS’ ASPR, Robert Kadlec. BARDA is an office within ASPR that is tasked with sourcing pharmaceutical and medical supplies for the Strategic National Stockpile.
More controversy surrounding the Strategic National Stockpile erupted after Kushner made remarks about the role the SNS plays in emergency deployment situations. Kushner was harshly criticized for implying that the SNS belonged to the federal government and served only as a back-up for states, who should be accumulating their own stockpiles. Despite being contradicted by well-established guidelines, which make clear that the SNS is in place to shore up any deficiencies in a public health emergency, the White House deliberately changed the language on its website to back up Kushner’s erroneous assertions about the stockpile.
What seems clear, however, is that Kushner himself was not the mastermind behind the sudden policy tweak. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a spokesperson for the Office of the ASPR told CNN they had been using such language “for weeks now.” Considering the history of how the SNS came to be in the hands of the ASPR, this latest tweak to how the SNS is managed might just be a new wrinkle in an old plan to mass inoculate the population of the United States.
Mass involuntary vaccines and jostling for profits
Yesterday, President Donald Trump revealed that a decision had been made to mobilize the U.S. military to deliver mass vaccinations across the country. The “massive job,” however, still has no discernable vaccine yet to inject into the American population “at the end of the year.” Trump’s group of medical advisors, including NIAID director, Anthony Fauci, are skeptical that any such vaccine can be developed sooner than 12 to 18 months.
“Duplication only leads to infighting and slowing people down,” said former U.S. ASPR, Nicole Lurie regarding the creation of Operation Warp Speed. She decried the spirit of marketplace competition, stating that the world “should be engaged in this competition against the virus, not against one another.”
With over 110 COVID-19 vaccines in development – only eight of which have entered human trials – the race to be the vaccine chosen for deployment by the ASPR in the forthcoming potentially compulsory vaccination of more than 300 million people has many people seeing green.
Feature photo | President Donald Trump, left, listens as Moncef Slaoui, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive, speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, May 15, 2020, in Washington. Alex Brandon | AP
Article written by Raul Diego, for MintPress News where it first appeared. Posted here with permission. Diego is a MintPress News Staff Writer, independent photojournalist, researcher, writer and documentary filmmaker.
Send This To Anyone Looking To Understand The Dangers of 5G
- The Facts:
The 5G debate is a big topic, yet many are still not clear exactly what 5G is and what the dangers are. We created a free, short and factual ebook to explore the topic from a neutral perspective.
- Reflect On:
Are you aware of what exactly 5G technology is? Are we hearing the whole truth about 5G from the mainstream media? Did you know that there are already thousands of peer-reviewed studies showing dangers associated with EMFs?
It’s one of the greatest debates of our recent times, perhaps only vaccines is a bigger health topic. The reason why there is such opposition to 5G is not because those people have been misinformed, it’s because they have chosen to do the research outside mainstream media. Unfortunately for the masses, mainstream media is designed to push narratives that benefit the corporations that own them, not tell the truth – this is not conspiracy, it’s basic economics.
Are you clear on exactly what 5G is? Are you wondering why there is such a debate about the subject? You’re not alone. Many people are wondering why this new technology has so many people concerned, and unfortunately, mainstream media is not doing a good job of informing people so they do understand, so we’re here to help!
As we promised during our 5G campaign we ran last year, we focused a great deal of our attention and energy working to raise awareness about 5G. We also spent the last year working within the community to find out the best ways to take part in stopping the rollout. Over the last year, we’ve had millions of eyes on the content we produced, effectively helping to raise more awareness about the issue, and now, we have created our first free ebook on the subject, and it focuses on bringing together the science of 5G in an easy to understand guide.
Information You Can Easily Send to Friends
One of the biggest challenges out there when it comes to alternative information is that it is often written in a very one sided manner, or it’s written with a great deal of emotion. Sometimes, information also comes off very ‘conspiracy-ish’ and it makes it hard to send to some of our friends and family. This, unfortunately, makes it difficult for ALL people to read and take from it as bias begins to creep in.
So we decided to produce a short, to the point free ebook called Is 5G Safe? An Easy To Understand Guide that looks at the 5G issue VERY clearly and concisely. We wrote it in language designed to be simple and factual. In our free ebook, we cover the science behind health effects and environmental effects when it comes to EMF radiation coming from sources like 5G.
Because of the way mainstream media has covered issues such as 5G, the general public has been misled into thinking there isn’t already droves of peer-reviewed scientific literature on the subject of EMF, especially those related to the specific technology used in 5G. They also leave out the fact that thousands of doctors and scientists have been trying to warn the public about 5G, and instead only focus on ‘internet-based conspiracy theories,’ so as to attempt to cast enough doubt on the subject that no one looks into it.
Short and simple, the mainstream media has been irresponsible in reporting on the 5G issue. There has not been journalism, only repetition of what others who have not looked into the subject are saying. For this reason, it’s imperative people do their own research on the subject. We are in a time where we must get engaged in the creation of our world and society as people. Voting for politicians and listening to their ideas is not the answer, it is merely an illusion. We must get clear on what we truly want, and engage in creating it.
To help get this out to tens of thousands of people, we collaborated with our friends at the 5G Summit. You can download our ebook as a free gift you get when you sign up for the free 5G Summit: Worldwide Call To Action that starts on June 1st, 2020. I am one of the speakers in the summit and I focus on the consciousness implications of 5G and what the whole issue is pushing humanity to do.
The summit is another very important tool in understanding this issue as it brings together 40 of the top experts on this subject. You will learn about the science behind it and all that is being done to stop 5G rollout around the world.
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There is already a ton of peer-reviewed research about 5G and EMFs that should stop the 5G rollout. Most people simply don’t know about it. As the 5G rollout continues around the world, we are at a crucial junction in learning and taking clear action. Sitting back and waiting to see what happens will likely create the same results we have always seen when we do that – we allow a world to be created that we do not thrive in. So let’s get clear, get centred, and get engaged in creating a world where we can truly thrive.
As we always say in the CE Protocol, we are at a time where Breaking The Illusion is important in realizing we are not living ina society that truly supports our desire to thrive, but we can change that!
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