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Creating Standardized Students

Updated on November 30, 2016

Can You Answer?

What is the meaning of life? It seems as if, since the beginning of time, everyone has been pondering the same age-old question. Maybe the answer to this question will forever be changing, as both time and the future continue to progress. However, for this notch on our timeline, I have cracked the case. I have found the meaning!

Everyone is meant to think the same; to have a photo-copied brain of their neighbor. This is the ultimate goal of our nation considering what they have done to our education system. School has become a complete absurdity. Our thinking is limited. There’s always only one answer.


Me:

Source

Test:

What best describes the tone of the passage?

A. blissful

B. cheerful

C. happy

D. gay


I Want My Creativity Back

People who think outside the box are penalized for having a touch of creativity, once considered a blessing. With the expectations of standardized tests, especially in Florida, where I am from, learning in the classrooms has been transformed from a wide variety of skills to what only the test wants us to know. And the worst part? Our performance on this test is meant to help evaluate the teachers, principals, and schools, yet students face the repercussions!

“Greetings,

We are sorry to inform you that [college] has, in fact, denied your admission. Even though you are incredibly gifted, creative, a great leader, well-behaved, have a GPA of 5.0, and would have been a perfect candidate, you lacked what the standardized tests wanted you to know back in 10th grade. Once again, we’re sorry. Good luck with that test score!”

Boom. Dream = crushed.

These tests have provided me, personally, with many problems. I struggle with anxiety. Once considered creative, I lack ideas, and think only with logic. Do my scores on this test really determine who I am, and where I’m going?

The moment we have all been waiting for! The answer to the question is: nothing. It doesn’t matter anymore. The meaning of life is now nothing, thanks to our twisted education system. Life’s no longer peace, love, and happiness, but pressure, limits, and humdrum. We are no longer truly educated individuals. We are no longer praised for being creative. We are no longer meant to be different. All that matters is that we pass a standardized test. Life is just as boring and bleak as the learning standards we are taught. We can no longer have an opinion. We must now think standardized. Welcome to the future.

What do you think of standardized testing?

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© 2015 Missy Smith

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      Bill Holland 19 months ago from Olympia, WA

      With the repeal of "No Child Left Behind" perhaps we will finally move away from standardized testing as the ultimate criteria for education. We can only hope.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you so much, Bill for commenting on this, my daughter was thrilled. It's funny that you were the first one to comment, because I had already told her about you and your background in education. I told her that I bet my friend Bill will definitely comment. Thanks again! :)

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      Dana Tate 19 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      This comment may not be relevant to your hub topic but, my cousin has two small children, who seem to always be out of school; when I inquired about this she said, "because of funding kids are out of school more than when we were growing up."

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Yes, Dana, I believe it has a connection to this subject matter. The No Child Left Behind Law that Bill mentioned has impacted a lot of things with education. This subject that my daughter is talking about is one. Which is having too many standardized tests to participate in now, and they really do not have any impact on the development of a child's future to better themselves. They're more for evaluating teachers' performance and overall school rating. All they seem to be doing, in my opinion, is hindering the very growth of the gifted and intelligent students who have a creative background by making them have extra stress and anxiety. And it seems to be all for no purpose basically. It impacts how the teachers have to teach the students now, and the training they go through to do this, and yes; it affects what money is being spent on education, which has, like your cousin pointed out, given way more days off during a school year than what we used to have. At present, where we live, the students not only get more days off for holidays and teacher planning days, they also get out an hour early on every Wednesday, because as stated above the teachers have to have that extra time to plan and catch up on their assigned curriculum. Not only that, we have all these days out, that now we must return from Summer's vacation early; instead of three months, we barely get two months for Summer vacation. Everything in our school systems has changed substantially, and not all of it is for a greater purpose, in my opinion; I believe in most parents' opinions actually.

      Thanks for reading my daughter's rant Dana. I think it is an important message. :) I'm proud of her for putting her feelings out there to the public. I've always encouraged her to do so.

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      Venkatachari M 19 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Your rants (your daughter's) are understandable and very much true in our present day education system. They are producing only memory machines like robots through this kind of education. No place for open thinking or creativity. Just reproduce the standardized answers for questions and get ranks. And thereby their teachers and schools will get distinctions and top rank in the statistical surveys. But, no creativity allowed for students.

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      Shaloo Walia 19 months ago

      I guess, the education system is the same everywhere. Creativity and innovative thinking is not encouraged but the sole emphasis is on rote learning.

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      Frank Atanacio 19 months ago from Shelton

      A hub made good for water cooler conversation.. I still give credence to it takes a village ... The education system here in America needs an enema... hmm.. good share my friend

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      I don't know this one, my Sweet. I left school so long ago, and in the Caribbean. But I do study Spirituality.

      The individual is part and parcel of a larger collective. The microcosm is in effect also the macrocosm. We struggle along, either dull or ignorant; scheming or astute. All along we are influenced by Consciousness and will move only so fast as the life-river wants us too.

      Sometimes its awesome, and at other times sucks. Fate dances on our foreheads ..we struggle ..in order to prevail... we prevail, and then struggle some more. Much Love, Missy.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Thank you Venkatachari. My daughter will be glad to hear that she is not the only one who shares this opinion. It was important for her to express her dislike of how the school system is ran on these type of things. Today, she actually is going into school to take one of those tests, and as she is a straight A student with a GPA of 5.0 she shouldn't have to worry about this test that she barely had any time to study for. These kids today have enough pressure on them as it is. Thanks for commenting dear friend. God Bless! :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Yes, it seems so, Swalia. We have read lately that there may be some kind of change to this law soon. Thanks You!

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Exactly, Frank. That's why I encouraged her to publish it here on my page and share it on social media. I think it helps her to know that she is not the only person that feels this way. It's always good to share in thoughts and opinions about a subject we can all relate to. :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Hey Manatita! This was a subject that my fifteen year old daughter has been stressing about a lot lately. So, of course, I encourage her to voice her opinion about it. If it's important to her, I want her to know, it will probably be relatable to others as well, and sometimes to have others opinions can help release the stress knowing she is not the only one who feels this way.

      She wrote this, and I let her keep it as she wanted it. She didn't want a lot of pictures or anything like that, she just wanted to put her point across and I think she done that pretty good here. :) Thanks for taking the time to read it and supporting my daughter in doing so.

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      manatita44 19 months ago from london

      A great article from your daughter then. I did not know. One must always listen to and appreciate the views of the young. They are quite valid. Kiersten? Cool. Hugs to her views and courage, as well as her good self. Peace.

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      Surabhi Kaura 19 months ago

      I am surprised to see that your daughter is so wise. The level of her understanding is highly commendable. I salute her intelligence at such young age. May she bring laurels in her career and may the path to enlightenment always remain ignited with Light. Many-many blessings to the baby girl, Kiersten! She is lucky to have a lovely mother who can guide her in every juncture of life. Hugs.

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have said for decades that not everyone learns in the same way. Not only that, people don't spit out answers in the same way. For the creative folk, I have found it necessary to create one's own niche. Then happiness results from the job. To fill the rest of that time, one much continue to find material to make those creations, and the happiness truly flows. In other words, you must be able to find that little opening to make your own happiness.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Yes, I don't want to brag too much. I know people will think I am going overboard with that, but she has been a straight-A student since pre-K. She has a perfect 5.0 GPA and has maintained this through her ten years of education so far, and I don't expect it to change. So, I am a very proud mama. Now that she is in ninth grade, she was accepted into a college mentoring program that will be helping her and I figure out her path towards college. I believe she is going to be accepted at any college she chooses. And whatever she chooses to be her future, no doubt she will succeed. Thank you, Surabhi, for your great comment here. :)

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Yes, aviannovice, this, I think, was her purpose for writing the article. She has been a little sad and frustrated that her creativeness has become of an unimportance at school. They go on such a schedule of numbers now; like, grading the teachers more than the students in order to get a good report overall of the school. I mean, I don't think it's bad per se, that they make sure the teachers are doing their job in the right way, but it's made it very stressful for the students. In saying that, I can also feel that the teachers are stressed as well, it has taken the ability from them to notice their students creative sides, because they are too busy making them go by the rules of things.

      Thank you for commenting. Many Blessings!

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