Testing Is Not Teaching
- Author: Anonymous, Teacher
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: June 23 at 10:44 pm ET
Success in today’s school comes at a terrible price. Although many places emphasize a dollar amount, this price appears to be much steeper than what is shown in our bank accounts. Today’s learner is asked to trade in their self-expression and independent thinking for a number two pencil and a scantron.
Unfortunately, learning is not a one size fits all kind of deal. Multiple choice examinations fail to provide us with evidence that material has been truly acquired. This type of testing is intended for the convergent thinker. It is nearly impossible to obtain any kind of reasonable evidence that shows actual reading improvement. Instead of educating our children on the significance of reading, today’s teacher is obligated to teach to the test.
If the foundation of instruction is based on statistical scores, how can individualized instruction become implemented? Schools are nothing but businesses looking to gain a profit on their students’ scores. Yes, testing of this nature allows us to assess the receptive nature of the material, but we cannot prove this information has been applied.
But what is the alternative to this ongoing debate? Should we opt out our children from the pressures and anxieties associated with these state mandates? What sort of lesson does this teach? I’m not one to quit when the tides get rough, and I certainly do not wish to evoke this attitude on today’s youth, but where is the focus? Are these scores guiding us in the right direction, or can we adjust our scopes to see a bigger, better picture? It saddens me that the heart and emotion in teaching has become replaced with constant drilling of factual information. The robotic nature of today’s instruction limits our kids from thinking outside the box, or should I say test bubble.