Celebrating low history scores?

Here’s a very different take on the recent news about the dreadful student history and civics scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. This blogger, Liam Julian, celebrates the news. He figures that students are thumbing their noses at tests. And he applauds their rebellion.
http://www.educationgadfly.net/flypaper/2011/06/low-naep-scores-cause-for-celebration/

I find his argument disturbing, but not altogether implausible. Many students DO blow off assignments – and tests – that they believe simply waste their time. On the other hand, many students fail tests because they don’t know the material and haven’t bothered to prepare.

So what do you think? How often do students deliberately sabotage tests? I’d love to hear from students themselves, if any of you are out there reading this. (And readers – pass this on to a student in your life.)

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