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When I was a kid, I totally wanted to grow to be either Vesper Holly or Alanna of Tortall.

Now that I'm at least theoretically an adult. I sometimes still fantasize about being Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan when I grow up.

She's about my age in Shards of Honor, the first Vorkosigan book, so I think maybe I still have a chance.

As a librarian, I also find Barbara Gordon/Oracle rather inspiring. She saves the world with information, y'all!
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a.) They suck!

They are vile, time-wasting distractions from real learning; they serve to judge and label kids in ways that may follow them for the rest of their schooling, based on very narrow definitions of what 'intelligence' and 'learning' are.

They can't measure creativity, motivation, emotional intelligence, or any number of other important things, and the all-consuming focus on getting students to do better on these tests sucks all the oxygen in any given room away from things that might actually have meaning to individual students.

Finally, they have fuck-all to do with succeeding in the 'real world.'

b.) In case you hadn't already guessed my thoughts on this: Hell no!

Not that I have strong feelings on this topic or anything ;)

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