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(South Jersey Courier-Post)   Since their precious snowflakes are unique and certainly not standardized, some parents feel it's cruel to subject them to standardized tests in school   (courierpostonline.com) divider line 16
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2013-09-09 09:40:59 AM
3 votes:

CPT Ethanolic: How about we try teaching critical thinking instead of producing little robots.


How about you end questions with a question mark.
2013-09-09 09:46:48 AM
2 votes:

kregh99: I would be fine with standarized tests if they actually were a measure of how well you knew subject matter.  It's actually a measure of how well you can take a test.

The adult versions of these things are called 'certifications.'


Are you trying to tell me that my certificate proclaiming my expertise in Outlook 2010 from New Age Horizons Success Training Center and Tax Preparation is worthless???
2013-09-09 09:43:25 AM
2 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: CPT Ethanolic: How about we try teaching critical thinking instead of producing little robots.

How about you end questions with a question mark.


He was making a statement and you were making a statement. You didn't use a question mark either gringo.
2013-09-09 09:42:49 AM
2 votes:

Quantum Apostrophe: CPT Ethanolic: How about we try teaching critical thinking instead of producing little robots.

How about you end questions with a question mark.


Didn't you just do the same thing?
2013-09-09 11:12:00 AM
1 votes:
Subject them to the test of free market employment.

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2013-09-09 10:42:40 AM
1 votes:
Yup, don't need that stinkin' rote memorization, just good old critical thinkin'.

Teacher: "Johnny, tell me about WW II."
Johnny: "The Nazi's were evil."
Teacher: "Why do you think that, Johnny?"
Johnny: "Because, I think they got together with Columbus and did bad things to the Native Americans."
Teacher: "Well, Johnny, you used critical analysis to determine that the Nazi's were evil.  Very good!"
Johnny: "Whatever. Don't ask me any more questions about this stupid shiat."
Teacher: "Well, I think we've made progress today. Tomorrow we'll cover the post war era, so begin to think            about that."
Susie: "I know, I know, they made the Pilgrims free the slaves!"
Teacher: "I think you're right, and that being said, I don't think we should waste anymore time on that period, anyway.  What I want you to do, tonight, is think about how the music of Pete Seeger changed the lives of the people of Liberia."
Class: "Will that be on the test?"
Teacher: "There will be no tests this semester, because I find them counterproductive.  It's more important to find out what you think you know, rather than what you actually know."
Johnny: "Whatever!"
2013-09-09 09:54:44 AM
1 votes:
Sounds like parents who sucked at school and are ashamed of their mediocre lives are trying to spare their children the ignominy they suffered (while still preserving their ignorance).
2013-09-09 09:49:26 AM
1 votes:
I have an acquaintance who homeschools her 10 yr old kid and won't let him take standardized tests.

He's also a holy terror if he doesn't get his way, and then an 'angel' if he does.

Can't imagine what he'll be like in 10 more years.
2013-09-09 09:49:01 AM
1 votes:

Cybernetic: Quantum Apostrophe: CPT Ethanolic: How about we try teaching critical thinking instead of producing little robots.

How about you end questions with a question mark.

Didn't you just do the same thing?


Are you two playing questions only?
2013-09-09 09:48:05 AM
1 votes:
Tests are taxes.

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2013-09-09 09:48:05 AM
1 votes:

jayhawk88: kregh99: I would be fine with standarized tests if they actually were a measure of how well you knew subject matter.  It's actually a measure of how well you can take a test.

The adult versions of these things are called 'certifications.'

Are you trying to tell me that my certificate proclaiming my expertise in Outlook 2010 from New Age Horizons Success Training Center and Tax Preparation is worthless???


Actually, that's better than a public school diploma these days.
2013-09-09 09:44:29 AM
1 votes:

doyner: How else are they supposed to prepare for the ASFAB?


It's ASVAB, as in "Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery".

ASFAB is two drunk English chicks.
2013-09-09 09:43:32 AM
1 votes:
Much as helicopter parents are annoying and usually wrong about most things, standardized testing is a) over-relied upon, and b) not a great way of measuring students' learning progress.  So, they have a point.
2013-09-09 09:42:49 AM
1 votes:
I would be fine with standarized tests if they actually were a measure of how well you knew subject matter.  It's actually a measure of how well you can take a test.

The adult versions of these things are called 'certifications.'
2013-09-09 08:07:17 AM
1 votes:
The reliance on standardized testing is actually less about improving education, and more essentially a give away to testing companies. NCLB created a huge market for testing companies across the country, basically giving them a huge shot in the arm. It ties Administrations to the tests, their funding reliant upon them, and focuses them not on education, but on performance on these tests, and away from skills based education. It ties their hands on teaching to the test, and less on serving the learning styles of their students, in fact, underserving many of their students who do not fit certain models. It's not about "precious snowflakes" but rather tying the hands of teachers and educators to teaching towards a test model that is flawed, and does little to assess skills and promotes the idea of a "one size fits all" approach that, simply put, doesn't assess anything but the skills of a student to take a particular test, and a test model that does little to assess student progress. Standardized tests are a great way for folks without an education background to conceptualize "progress" without actually understanding the process, and that is the problem with the current model. It is a great way to feel good about doing something, as opposed to doing something useful.
2013-09-09 06:55:03 AM
1 votes:
Standardized tests are moronic.  They are not predictive of eventual success and do little more than train kids to memorize.  How about we try teaching critical thinking instead of producing little robots.
 
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