An Open Letter to Educators by: Morgan Bayda
Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home by: Tom Johnson
|"High-stakes tests develop a love of Learning."|
This post is concerned with the emphasis placed on standardized testing scores. The scenario presented is comical. "I have a journal article about how students who use pencils at home have lower standardized test scores. So, for the love of test-taking, we need to stop our students from taking home pencils." As educators, we should encourage students to "take their pencils home". Not only do students need their pencils to complete homework, but they are also tools that allow for creativity. "We're teaching for students to pass standardized tests" This statement was from a friend who is currently student-teaching. She exclaimed that this practice is stupid, and I agree. Only teaching students to pass standardized tests disregards Bloom's Taxonomy of Thinking. They are not taught Critical Thinking skills, Analysis, Application, or Evaluation. I feel that only teaching students to pass standardized tests affects their success in later education, such as college. It seems that the hierarchical concern with scores stems from funding concerns and status. The focus should remain on the STUDENTS' complete education and not simply getting by grade-to-grade.