Monday, January 24, 2005

What a novel idea

In Lasso today, Bill Bishop writes that the superintendent of HISD has decided to "shift the focus of his schools from standardized test-taking to teaching." Hey, why hasn't anyone else thought of that before? I've got a lot of problems with the way Texas educates its children, particularly this obsession with standardized tests. This Chron article tells us that some students lose up to a month of instruction time to learning to pass the test. Te test is supposed to be an assessment of what students have learned in class Does anyone else see a vicious cycle, or a "circle jerk", in there? I would rather students were invested in by hiring good teachers with a decent salary to teach them the things they are going to need to know when they enter the real world; not getting educators to spend a month prepping kids on how to take a test.

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