On Literacy

EdJS PhD Candidate Jonah Hassenfeld published this op-ed about the challenges with using multiple-choice tests to assess literacy.

It is a pointed critique of the work of the Cohen Center at Brandeis to establish an objective set of measures crafted to assess “Israel Literacy.” You can read the report here and their own press release here.

As the report’s authors wrote in the press release:

Underlying our work is an assumption that attachment to Israel is related to knowledge of Israel and that, at least for some, distancing is a result of lack of education around issues concerning the land, politics, and society of modern Israel.

But, as Jonah points out, the tools and methods dispatched to assess “knowledge” are both blunt and inaccurate, but he says it better, so just read his article.

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