life beyond the well…

I’m Tired of This

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And what is it that I’m tired of: all this talk about standardized testing and schools.

I just finished reading this article on CNN.com which was discussing how students are making better grades, but they can’t get past the tests. And since the tests are what matter, as opposed to what students actually KNOW…then, I suppose that is a problem.

I’m about to enter into the workforce with all this talk about testing, standards, No Child Left Behind, etc. While I honestly believe that the testing can be used in a positive way, I don’t feel like it is right now. Currently, teachers are under pressure to make sure that their kids can get past the tests. Does that mean they might be slacking off in other areas? Perhaps. And maybe that can explain the increase in grades.

At any rate, I’d like to see more emphasis placed on the State Standards for Education. Perhaps by providing clearer standards for what students should know and be able to do, we’ll have students who can make good grades AND pass the tests. Additionally, it helps teachers have a clearer idea of what they should be teaching. While I’m all for having freedom to explore subjects on my own in the classroom, I would appreciate a clear set of guidelines and/or standards at least for the basics.

I’m scared that this testing crap is going to push the state of public education to an even lower point than it is at now. If people thought there was an education crisis in the 1950s and 1960s, just wait and see what will happen if we continue at this rate. It’s time for some change.

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Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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