POSTED: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 6:43pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 13, 2010 - 8:42pm
We had a heated discussion in the newsroom yesterday about the TAKS test and other forms of standardized testing.
It seems to me that this entire deal has gotten way out of hand.
In the old days you had to do homework...sometimes have it signed by your parents.
I go so far back to the dark ages where I can remember having to take home graded tests and getting it signed by a parent.
And I can tell you my father always had higher standards that I did.
But since then the government has become more involved.
Now-a-days there is power in teachers unions and state boards and who gets to pick what.
Seems like it has become more about the adults that the kids.
The stress that I hear these kids go through before being tested is crazy.
I also have heard many stories from teachers who say the whole model of education now a days is just teaching kids the test, or what is going to be on the test.
I have also heard, and I don't doubt this a bit, some teachers get a copy of the TAKS test and that little item is in hot demand.
The entire process is lacking.
I do think that athletes need to keep up their grades to stay eligible.
Anything that keeps a kid in school and keeps him or her trying harder is okay by me.
But who are these kings and queens who now make the standards by which all kids are tested in a standardized way.
Life is not fair, but this really is not.