Creating Standardized Students
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.
What best describes the tone of the passage?
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!
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?
© 2015 Missy Smith