Thursday, 1 December 2011

Educational reform: Standardized tests not the way to inspire learning | OregonLive.com

Educational reform: Standardized tests not the way to inspire learning | OregonLive.com:

"Gov. John Kitzhaber's new educational reform package will link money that schools receive to "results." It follows the path that most school reform movements in the country have taken: Minimize the teacher's role in deciding what to teach and how to teach it, and use standardized test scores to evaluate students, teachers and schools. This ignores the most basic tenet of learning: inspiring learning.

Focusing on testing discrete standards distracts teachers from thinking about the essential role of student questions and interests, which should be the starting point of all learning. Students may not jump up and down in excitement when asked to read instructions or find the area of a rectangle, but if they are figuring out how to set up goal posts and measure a new soccer field, they probably will. "


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