Providence Student Union: The Guinea Pigs Protest!

Kiersten Marek:

Providence Student Union demonstrates against high-stakes testing by dressing up as guinea pigs and lab rats.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

The creative Providence Student Union is staging another brilliant protest against high-stakes testing. It’s their lives!

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CONTACT: Aaron Regunberg | Aaron@ProvidenceStudentUnion.org | (847) 809-6039

“GUINEA PIGS” PROTEST EXPERIMENTATION AT STATE HOUSE –

STUDENTS, DRESSED AS LAB ANIMALS, DEMONSTRATE AGAINST HIGH-STAKES TESTING

Providence, Rhode Island – January 29, 2014 – High school students, joined by parents, community members and legislators, held a demonstration today at the Rhode Island State House to protest what participants called “the ill-conceived experiment” of Rhode Island’s new high-stakes testing graduation requirement. To illustrate this message, students showed up dressed as guinea pigs and lab rats, complete with whiskers, animal ears and more.

“The reason we are dressed like guinea pigs and lab rats is simple – that is how we are being treated,” said Jose Serrano, a member of the Providence Student Union (PSU), the youth organization holding the event. “The Department of Education…

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