“Painting is to easel” South High students unearth racism in standardized testing


This documentary, put together by students at Minneapolis South High School, takes a critical look towards the cultural bias that has been integrated into standardized testing. Often times standardized tests cater to a small demographic that is the white middle class. In the film, the students unearth overt racism with deep roots in standardized tests such as the ACT and SAT.



“High-stakes standardized testing is a form of child labor, because you’re using children to make profit,” said Vichet Chhuon, associate professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development.

This video was directed by Nasir Abdulkadir, Ezra Bergmann, Asher Franicola, Alex Mathison and Sam Stroup, students in the South High VOICES class of 2015-16. VOICES stands for Values, Options, Issues and Choices Explored in Society. Students in the VOICES class create social issue documentaries with the guidance of teachers Delainia Haug, Laura Lanik and Teaching Artist/videomaker John Akre. To see all of this year’s VOICES documentaries, visit this link.

All of this year’s VOICES films will screen for free at the Riverview Theater on Monday, Feb. 1 at 4:30 p.m.