President Obama is right
POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 6:45am
This past week President Obama was interviewed by a report from the Spanish network, Univision.
During the interview, the president slammed standardized testings. The president said it made education boring. And too many times the curriculum of a school was just teaching what might be on a standardized test.
And on this matter- the president is exactly right.
In my opinion, the education in this state has gone down dramatically since someone dreamed up a TAKS test, or what some egghead may be calling it this week.
I have close relatives in the school business and I can tell you all the educators I know hate the idea.
And teachers, just like kids, always manage to get a copy of the test. And then then take the entire year making sure they are teaching what's on the test.
I have always thought standardized testing was stupid. It's like fashion. When it comes to education we are at the whimsy of what some pencil-necked geek in Princeton, New Jersey thinks, or what some fashion designer in Paris wants.
Only the Texas legislature could have been stupid to approve this idea years ago.
The SAT and ACT and other tests to get into law school or med school. Yeah, you really don't have a choice on that.
But to get out of high school?
Why don't we trust our teachers to make out a curriculum that adds up to homework and test what they come up with?
To me that's the smart idea.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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