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The Tyranny of Testing


reviewed by John L. Holland 1963

coverTitle: The Tyranny of Testing
Author(s): B. Hoffman
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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THE EXTENSIVE AND INCREASING USE of psychological tests for a variety of purposes has led to a great deal of speculation and worry—but very little research—about the likely outcomes of the situation. That these tests will have negative effects on students and adults is the theme of these books by Gross and Hoffmann. Their critiques seem to be part of the current national preoccupation with educational and psychological matters. "Everyone an educator" might better be rendered these days as "Everyone a test expert." The two books have much in common. Both were written by men who lack the training and perspective for the tasks they attempted. Both wear the trappings of scholarship, but frequently violate its ideals by distortion and by biased selection of evidence. Gross's shortcomings in this respect may be forgivable,- since he is a magazine writer and not a trained scholar. Hoffmann's are not. Although Hoffmann is a physicist... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 6, 1963, p. 510-510
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2959, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 12:18:15 PM

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