In II Corinthians 10:12, St. Paul offers a pointed critique of the sophists who were maneuvering to undercut his authority. He says:
For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themsleves among themselves, are not wise.
Is this not a critique of conventional education? Do we not seek our validation by comparing ourselves to each other, and ranking ourselves against each other, to determine where we fall out in the order of society.
What do you think? Does our approach to assessment undercut the real goals of education. Are we also, to quote St. Paul, “Not wise”?