I sympathize. At the same time, I wonder how all these teachers would do in their students' shoes. Would they be focused? Would they work hard? Would they pay attention? Would they care about what they are learning?
A teacher (whom I greatly respect) recently had a talk with a child about effort. Apparently this child had scored lower on a post-assessment than on a pre-assessment. The child's explanation was that she had just guessed on some questions. My impression was that her teacher was frustrated.
So am I. But for a completely different reason. I don't blame this child for lack of effort here. I don't blame all these faceless, nameless students for their apathy.
A significant portion of their time at school is spent taking tests. State-mandated tests. District-mandated tests. Grade-level tests. Classroom tests. I would guess my daughter takes a couple of tests each week, on average. She's nine.
I would stop caring if that were true too. School should be about learning. Instead, it's about testing.
(Tim, a letter is being drafted. My concerns with testing will be shared with many.)
I have little sympathy for educators who complain only to each other about negative effects of testing. Tell the rest of the world!
— Tim Stahmer (@timstahmer) May 9, 2013