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Junk the SOLs…find a different way to test our youth!

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on January 23, 2008

A friend and fellow blogger, Fighting Windmills, talked about IQ on her blog the awhile back and got me to thinking and we know how dangerous that is!!!  HA!

Junk the SOLs, they are touted as the equal to SATs, ACTs and pass/fail tests.  Too much emphasis on the test and NOT what kids are actually learning…they are learning to memorize answers.  The pressure on the teachers, schools, kids is UNBELIEVABLE.  If you have school aged kids you’d know what I’m talking about.  Walk the halls the weeks before and during testing and you can cut the tension with a knife.

Check out the clip from The Colbert Report featuring a chat with Malcolm Gladwell who explains why IQ tests don’t really tell us about intelligent.  Gladwell said that IQ tests may show that Abe Lincoln wasn’t too bright.  So there is one point for dumping tests, in my book!  I wish this segment was longer.  Gladwell has captured my interest in his thought process and I want to know more…I know, I’m a brainiac!!!
I think there are different type of IQ/brain types.  I think EVERYONE has a place and a talent/IQ for something…even if it is teaching us how to understand them.  Everyone has something to contribute, everyone has a gift or special purpose, it takes us all to make the world go round!  How boring would it be if we were all the same, liked the same things, wanted the same things, discussed the same things, constantly fought with everyone that was different…what a waste of our most valuable commodities…time and energy!

Tests never tell the whole story nor is everyone great at expressing themselves through tests.  Tests don’t tell the whole story about the capabilities, capacity or quality of learning, it is a snapshot of who can remember something and regurgitate in under pressure.  It’s proven that those that didn’t get good sleep, feel well or eat well before a test perform lower than a “good” day.  Testing isn’t a true representation of the TOTAL picture. 

The SOLs should be removed because the pressure on everyone isn’t worth the false sense of “No Child Left Behind” (I do like the thought…not the process designed to promote the thought).

I’m done now!  😉


2 Responses to “Junk the SOLs…find a different way to test our youth!”

  1. This is why some parents choose to homeschool. And a lot of those homeschoolers are Ron Paul supporters because he opposes a national learning standard. I’ve talked to my husband about homeschooling, but he’s not excited about the idea. It’s easier just to send them to public school. I tend to think that when things are easy, it’s because there’s a better way. Thanks for the shout-out and the great post.

  2. My sweet Big Boy wasn’t so welcomed in regular schools. In one school I was told as much, in a nice “we are thinking about him” way. I’d tossed around the homeschooling for years until we got blessed and found a FANTASTIC fundamental elementary school. They want him and love him! He is thriving and we are thrilled! I too think there is a better way to teach our kids.

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