My kids have been involved in state testing this week, living in New York. I have never seen them so stressed out before. Is it all too much for kids? Do you think all this school pressure and seemingly impossible state-mandated curriculum goals of today's world too great for kids to handle, or is it good for them?
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Very good points. I, as a parent today, just see all of the pressure put on our kids as a total: after school activities, hours of homework and yes, going to school and testing well. There is no time to just be kids, it seems.
It is true that it is reflecting the teacher and not the student, but the kids really do feel pressure and I think you are right, perhaps because of the word "test." I do see that the evaluating process is necessary.
The test should be a way to chart what the student has learned, as well as how the teacher has taught. But, saying there should be a stigma on the teacher's professional career is extreme. Sometimes it is NOT our fault. Sometimes it IS.
This is really a great answer with so much support! I am so happy to hear it straight from a teacher. As a parent, I suspected these same things, but didn't have such an exact analysis of what actually goes on as you. Thank you; I agree!