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Standardized Testing vs. Passion

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Standardized Testing vs. Passion
Joe Pizzo
One of the negative outcomes of standardized testing with the single, narrowed focus being teacher evaluation is indeed a breech of the most valuable aspect of education: passion. Rather than seeking to light the fires of curiosity and inquiry in our students, we seek instead to fill them with data that is often formulaic. This data is then volleyed in return to the facilitating evaluator. No professional denies the value of data - as long as the collection of said data is used to enhance the learning process, rather than to foster an evaluative distillation of the learning process itself and those who inspire it. Dissecting a butterfly does nothing to enhance our appreciation of beauty.

Finland, for example, is one of the highest scoring countries in terms of standardized test scores. The country's schools use the scores primarily for diagnostic rather than evaluative purposes. They choose to teach holistically rather than pedantically. Germany has implemented project-based learning to connect curricula with real-world, 21st century skills. Learning is not a cluster of widgets nor is it a chart of scope and sequence. Rather, it is insight, practicality, point of view, discovery, and the ability to convert possibility into reality.

As Aristotle stated, "Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach."
Apr. 08, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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