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James Marshall Crotty, MA Biography

Forbes Education Blogger
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“[A]nnual NCLB [No Child Left Behind] testing has enabled school administrators to better identify and serve at-risk students, and has given low-income parents a critical tool in determining high-performing public schools…

As for teaching to the test, there is nothing in NCLB that necessitates ‘teaching to the test,’ anymore than there is anything on the SAT, ACT [college admission tests], or PISA [Programme for International Student Assessment] that requires teaching to those tests. My experience working in a South Bronx school, and my own education at a Catholic kindergarten, grade school and high school, suggests that when teachers teach holistically, with a well-rounded emphasis on critical thinking, deep reading, active listening, regular writing, robust physical education, and a full appreciation of all the humanities (including art and music), as well as hard and soft sciences, students perform well on any exam, let alone the yearly NCLB tests…

While even NCLB’s strongest proponents claim that terminating a teacher and principal solely on standardized test scores is unfair, objective national testing should still form the bedrock of any compliance system.”

“Obama’s New Waiver Policy: Some Children Left Behind?,”, Feb. 15, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Blogger, “Crotty on Education,” Forbes, June 2011-present
  • Independent Political Columnist,
  • Founding Principal, Monk (travel, culture, and media company comprised of Monk Media, Monk Space, Monk Host, and Monk Post)
  • Blogger, “The Crotty Farm Report,” 2004-present
  • Writer, Director, Producer, and Star, Crotty’s Kids (urban debate documentary), 2012
  • Volunteer urban debate coach and judge
  • Travel writer
  • Cofounder, Editor, and Publisher, Monk: The Mobile Magazine, 1986-1998
  • Profiled by the New York Times, Newsweek, Good Morning America, Morning Edition (NPR), MTV News, Fox News, Rolling Stone, CNN, USA Today, Wired, and other major media outlets
  • Former Travel Correspondent,
  • Former Director of Development and Media Relations, New Mexico Academy of Sciences and Mathematics
  • MA, Liberal Arts, St. John’s College at Santa Fe
  • BS, Speech, Northwestern University
  • Lives in Los Angeles, CA
  • Born in Omaha, NE
  • “I’m known for inventing Dashboard Publishing; Monk: The Mobile Magazine; frenetic pogo dancing; a deadly three-point set shot; a confounding low-post fadeaway jumper; straight edge views on alcohol and drug consumption; being a new wave teetotaler; being the world’s only vaguely libertarian, balanced budget, low-tax, anti-inteventionist, rabid environmentalist; macroneurotic eating habits; a unique sense of humor (a phrase that is utterly humorless when written).”
    “About Me,” (accessed May. 8, 2012)
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