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Phoebe—A Street Art Star in New York—Has Landed a Museum Show in Denmark

Danes missing New York, take note: A slice of the Big Apple is coming to Copenhagen. It will be served up in the form of a monographic exhibition, “My Paper World,” featuring the work of Elizabeth “Libby” Schoettle—better known as Phoebe New York—at Horsens Art Museum. Opening on the heels of Copenhagen Fashion Week, the show runs from August 21, 2021, through January 30, 2022.

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SAT and ACT flunk out in documentary “The Test & the Art of Thinking”

The Los Angeles Times is the latest publication to pick up on “The Test & the Art of Thinking”:

Michael Arlen Davis’ briskly informative, convincing documentary “The Test & the Art of Thinking” takes aim at those gantlets of supposed aptitude measurement, the SAT and ACT (originally, the Scholastic Aptitude Test andAmerican College Testing, respectively; now known by their acronyms). We know they’re an all-important part of most four-year college entrance requirements, but do they reflect a student’s true exposure to education? Or are they just inflated obstacles with little to say about future academic performance or professional success?

Davis interviews students, teachers, parents, academics and tutors, and finds only more grounds for controversy — including the exams’ encroaching effect on what gets taught in high school (spoiler: whatever’s in the test) — than real answers about their value.

See the full piece here.

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Film Asks If SAT Tests Fail or Help Students

From Voice of America, some notes on “The Test & the Art of Thinking”:

Students and parents worldwide bemoan the test that most colleges use as a measurement for an applicant’s aptitude, abilities or intelligence.

But one parent explores the lengths students and parents go to to score well on the SAT in the documentary “The Test and the Art of Thinking,” premiering April 27.

“What’s interesting is Carl Brigham, who created the SAT, later on wrote a number of articles debunking his original premise that these certain psychological quizzes had the authority that he originally thought,” Michael Arlen Davis, the director of the film, told VOA.

“But it hasn’t stopped, it never really stopped in its tracks the sort of notion of IQ.”

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“The Test & the Art of Thinking”: The Problem With College Entrance Exams

Village Voice had this to say about “The Test & the Art of Thinking”:

College entrance exams remain a source of anxiety for high schoolers and their parents — a cycle on repeat for decades now. In his documentary The Test & the Art of Thinking, director Michael Arlen Davis digs into the tests’ sordid origins, demonstrates how they’re mastered with skills akin to the tactics players use to beat video games, and details how their utility has been thoroughly debunked.

Among the tests’ biggest critics — and most profound advocates for their demise — are coaches enlisted by wealthy parents to boost their kids’ scores. They show how to ace questions without even reading them, and how essays with blatant inaccuracies can get a perfect score as long as they hit the right criteria. It’s a brutal takedown of a practice now warping K-12 education and should embarrass every school that still requires them.

Read the full article here.