John Oliver tells it like it is about standardized testing in our K-12 educational system. From Last Week Tonight.
Tag: standardized tests
Yesterday, we had our third student drop our class Seeing Nature: How Aristotle and Darwin Understood Nature and Human Society because the student was on track to get a B in the class. Let that soak in for a minute – dropping a class because they were going to get a B. This has become routine.
In this class, we ask students to write two paragraphs about the readings on Monday, two paragraphs about the readings on Wednesday, and a six paragraph synthesis essay about a topic they choose from among a set of possible questions on Friday. We began with 35 students the first day, and 13 found this too much to handle. As a consequence, we were down to 22 last week. That means 13% (3/22) of our class dropped because their grade might be a B.
This week I was part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop for high school and university teachers. The point of the workshop was to foster the exchange of ideas about how to increase science education effectiveness at all levels of a person’s education. The room was full of a set of amazing high school teachers from our local schools in New Hampshire and Vermont, both public and private. This was a most depressing meeting. Listening to these educators describe what they want to do and what they want to try to do relative to what they must do was disheartening personally and more than a bit frightening for what it is forcing on our next generation.