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"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
I think tests are useful. I think standardized testing is not, and wastes valuable classroom time as teachers are forced to teach to the test because of the consequences for the teacher, students, and school of low scores. I don't think those tests accurately measure the students' abilities or knowledge.
The SATs are a great example. They're ridiculous. The reason they have all those classes you can take isn't because you need knowledge about English and Math, it's to teach kids how the test is structured and how it works so they can do better on it. It's an industry unto itself.
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As to this latter part ~ Don't waste one moment of your wild and precious life being sad for me! Please! That would be so silly! If your position is that standardized testing is useful, prove it! I truly believe that teachers have a myriad of other ways to assess childrens strengths and weaknesses. This is a debate, Tanya, ~ you saying that you personally have never seen a child vomit is not enough proof that these tests are improving the quality of education in America, or cranking out a better calibre student. I'm way open to having my mind changed, but you feeling sad about my opinion is not going to change it! You presenting facts and/or data showing me how standardized testing has improved the depth and quality of education in america would. That is how debates work. Sadness shouldn't really play a part.
Last edited by Potter75; 04-28-2013 at 10:09 AM.
Debates don't have to be merely statistics and studies. Actually, it can be refreshing and practical to hear someone's personal account of things and their real life experiences. You can choose to ignore what I'm saying because I don't have hard data to back it up, but then you'd be denying what is really going on in many classrooms across America. What I think is sad is your snarky tone and blatant disrespect for others lately. I don't feel sorry for you, I just think it is sad that you take debates to that level. Teaching is something I'm passionate about and I'd love to debate education on a mature level.
Okay. I am truly sorry that you are sad. I'd give you a head pat if it would make you feel better.
i think you are looking for insult where is isn't intended, so I'm sorry but i can't apologize for your being overly sensitive/ looking for insult when it isn't there. And while you truly like a wonderful, committed teacher I do agree with you- I'd prefer to debate the bigger picture of what these tests are doing to students and classrooms as a generality across our nation. Those stats exist and they arent positive. Thank you for your offer to do a study of you personally- while that sounds fascinating I'm a little busy right now
You also don't seem to have any stats or data to defend your position so you result to name calling and sarcasm. An offer to come study you! All this faux sadness as a way to try to insult me? Come on Tanya. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.