We learn which way?

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Connor holds the test in his hand and Jackie knows that this child doesn’t understand the gravity and importance of this particular test. How could a first grader understand the importance of this particular standardized test. Jackie was a grown adult with a PHD two B.S. degrees and she had trouble understanding what and how important the Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCTs for short were). She had the standard  answer given to all new teachers and parents memorized “measure a students acquisition of the knowledge and skills set forth in the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). The primary purpose of the CRCTs is to provide a valid measure of the quality of educational services provided throughout the state.” Any educator worth his or her weight would tell you learning at this level doesn’t work this way and cannot be measured this way, but she had student loans and a mortgage to pay so she patted Connors back lied to him and told him everything would be all right, knowing that if the state of GA had anything to say or do about it what she told Connor was a lie.


I am not sure if you could tell but, I am not a fan of the state of GA’s testing procedure for measuring a child’s aptitude. The CRCT test is given to thousands of children all over the state of GA.  I understand that the state feels it is important to understand and know where our children are academically however the learning process and rate differs so greatly in elementary and middle school children that this procedure does not accurately portray how much a student has learned by working through his or her curriculum.


Do me a favor close your eyes and try your best to remember yourself in 7th grade, now in 5th and 3rd. There was a lot of learning going on but not the type you can quantify with a standardized test. Even though the learning you and I did was “un testable” it was still learning, and important learning. Today many teachers like the one in the opening paragraph of this post are dropping important parts of their curriculum to “teach the test”. This practice is wrong and should be stopped. These standardized tests hurt the children and our future.

We all learn in different ways and at different rates.  The problem with conforming and being part of the masses is best summed up my

Mark Twain when he said “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).  ”




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