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There are many ways to move towards higher learning (doing!)without grades and tests. & I agree-- not everyone thinks this! I'm a prof at a university and when I tried to give students comments instead of grades, it did not work for some.
True, as someone said, that tests only test what has been learned as rote, to regurgitate back into the test. Sadly, tests can be so much more - they are an aid to learning, to cementing knowledge, but are rarely used for that purpose.
Very true... Do you think there is a good way to do (semi) standardized testing while taking into account different backgrounds?
There needs to be adapted tests for ethnic groups or tests that do not confuse and have material that kids are not exposed to in schools districts .
You bring up a very good point-- how can we test differently-abled children while still encouraging them to be able to "fit in" with the rest?
Good point! I would love to see some creative/imagination/idea based questions included in standardized tests. Interesting...
I agree that it doesn't stifle creativity except in cases where it is the main form of education. One of my students from China said that there have been no recent inventions in his country because creativity is not an encouraged trait there.
True-- I agree we should all have a certain knowledge base... But how to decide what is most important when there is so much to know?? (And still let kids --and adults! -- play and be creative...)
2+2=4 is a great piece of knowledge for standardized tests to measure. If you are an artist, a portfolio is a better measure of your ability. Being on a test or not isn't about being important as much as how many "right" answers are possible.
I agree. We need the tests, but we also need.... What do we need?? Maybe for teachers to have time to do inspired learning depending on their students? What do you think?