More than 130 Massachusetts professors and researchers from schools and universities formed a coalition and signed a public statement last month urging Education Officials to stop overusing standardize testing in schools. I personally have been stressing the issue among my peers when the topic of a failing education system comes up in conversation. For well over two years now, the question at the front of my mind has been, “How can we really be teaching our children when we are only training them to pass a test?” What is the extent of the education that we are giving our children? When I was in school, there were many teachers that took their subject of expertise seriously, and passionately presented it to students in a manner that passed the passion of learning along. I was starting to think that teachers no longer cared, complaining they don’t get paid enough to go that extra mile. It turns out the pressure placed upon them to keep their jobs in lieu of standardize test scores, could be the gaping crack that many of our students are falling through. In a nutshell, protestors are saying,
“Given that standardized tests provide only one indicator of student achievement, and that their high-stakes uses produce ever-increasing incentives to teach to the test, narrow the curriculum, or even to cheat, we call on the BESE [Board of Elementary and Secondary Education] to stop using standardized tests in high-stakes decisions affecting students, teachers, and schools.”
Parents I encourage you to read the full document here. I don’t think this is the beginning of this argument and I know for a fact that it’s not the end of it. I understand that there is enough to do in your life without having to second guess the public school system that assures us our tax dollars are hard at work, but unfortunately, that system only works in a perfect world. Stay vigilant my friends.