A Myth—If You Lithp

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(1), 30–31. Reviews the book, The Myth of Measurability edited by Paul L. Hours (1977). There is nothing in this book that approaches a level of sophistication sufficient to deal with questions of measurability. The authors of the articles in this volume are nearly unanimous in their opposition to testing, but “testing,” as used in this book, is a kind of buzz word, like “bussin.” The reviewer infers from many of the articles that the underlying concern is the same for “bussin” and testing, namely racial and cultural group differences. Differential group treatment is given as one of the reasons for eliminating tests. But other arguments also abound. Much is made of the purported ambiguity of items on standardized tests. The implicit premises, the objections, and the implications of the objections of one author are often in opposition to those of another, but this is seldom made clear, because neither the premises nor the implications of the objections are made explicit. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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