THE IMPACT of even a single test on a student's life cannot be denied. In terms of placement, how reasonable is it to favor one child onto a gifted education track for 12 years simply because she scored a magical number on a Stanford-Binet test? More importantly, how reasonable is it to deny other children the chance to have the freedom to explore just because their scores were not up to par? Proponents of MI theory would argue that this situation - the status quo of American education - must be altered, because without significant change, every year thousands of young minds will lag behind, for our efficient methods of assessment and ranking were unable to tap them and send them into the right direction.
I'd like to examine other reform styles.