posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 08:14 PM
The only thing these standardized tests have brought are lower performance, greedy school districts, and fat children. They're so worried about
fitting the norms for what's on these tests that they're not looking at the broader picture and so are not fully educating the children to the
utmost degree. Before all of this testing, there were expansive amounts of different subjects of knowledge being covered in classes and now most
schools can only be bothered to teach what's going to be on the tests. I remember these tests started appearing whenever I was in the fifth grade and
from there on out, all math class was about was what was on these exams. All reading class was about was what was on the exams. We could have been
doing so much more. Thankfully, they never cut PE or recess for us, though if I remember correctly, they cut a few other programs from our days.
Things only got worse in high school whenever they cut crucial lab periods for science classes so that they could have what they called here "PSSA
Prep" classes. Yeah, let's take away teaching the sciences so that we can prepare for these darn tests instead. Learning only what the state wants
you to learn and only becoming better test-takers almost makes it feel like we're programming our children, not educating them or giving them skills
for life at all. It's no wonder that we're struggling in the race against other countries whenever it comes to general intelligence and education.
The school districts could give half a care about the curriculum as well whenever it comes to doing well on these BS tests. The students have to
perform well or "Oops, there goes our grants!" I think it's just sinister that they can take money away from the schools just because of tests
scores. Big brother has taken a vice grip on the education system, my friends and is not letting go any time soon. That makes real sense though, take
money AWAY from the schools that are struggling instead of investing more money into their programs to help their students succeed. Makes REAL sense.
And then we have the obesity issue. Maybe the children wouldn't be becoming so obese if they had time to I don't know, go outside and do something
recreation oriented and active. Something like that instead of staying in and preparing for tests.
Whenever they brought about all of these tests, did they also think through that not all children are one size fits all whenever it comes to taking
tests? Some kids and even adults honestly just suck at taking tests. It has nothing to do with overall intelligence level or knowledge of the subjects
at hand. I myself am a terrible test taker and it's not for lack of trying. It makes college difficult for me but I still try my best.
"No Child Left Behind" in my opinion has done nothing BUT leaving children behind. I know that in my little brother's high school now, unless you
do proficient on all tests during the Junior year, you're not allowed to graduate your Senior year and will not graduate until you do. I imagine drop
out rates will be increasing by the dozen within the next few years.