Waiting is the best gift you can give your child.
The bar for standardized tests is too low, so I don't really think passing or failing one is an accurate representation of what our school system is turning out.... a more accurate indicator, IMO, is the billions of dollars a year colleges and businesses spend on remediation.
That said, I would have slightly less of an issue with standardized competency exams if no financial carrots were attached to high proficency....as evidence suggests such results in "teaching the test" and administrative cheating.
A fifth column is a group of people who undermine a larger group, such as a nation, from within.
1) It makes them much, much more money in terms of tuition.
2) Students who have no business being in college are accepted. See number one.
3) Standardized testing necessarily lends itself towards lower-level skills like memorization. College education requires higher order skills.
However....Just this week (really...!), I met a mother of my son's friend who was sending her kid to summer school. HE FAILED 5th grade. Now---I do wonder how that was a surprise to her (we do get report cards)---but the principal said that if this child takes a standardized test and passes then he would move on to the 5th grade. He failed the test.
So...it WAS UP TO THE PARENT TO TAKE ACTION-and the next option was to send him all summer to summer school, work with him. No parent wants their child "failing".
So that is actually how I see these tests...it actually puts the responsibility on the parent to make the decisions needed to get their child educated.
Last edited by CKW; Jul 24 2012 at 06:56 PM.
Funny how when one talks of trade, national borders are imaginary. When one talks of immigration, national borders are imaginary. But when one talks of expansionism and imperialism, national borders become very real.
I am Nationalist Capitalist. Labor in control of the state, with the means of production in private hands.