Brief Manifesto: Standardized Testing is Testing Patience
Standardized testing is certainly effective at ONE thing: testing the patience of teachers and its "test subjects"--the students. What about teaching for an exchange of knowledge?? That's a novel idea! Sure there are some of us who do not teach with the test in our immediate conscious thoughts, but it is always looming. The students are aware of it too. Testing has made teaching and learning a robotic process--there is no REAL thinking. More teachers are becoming mechanical in their pedagogy and more students are becoming mechanical in their responses. Isn't this a danger to the future of our larger society?? The greater lesson being taught is that education is FAILING its students but that's okay as long as they are producing high test scores!!!