Standardize THIS

I shouldn’t be surprised. A federal commission is recommending that colleges and universities move to standardized testing.

It being Friday night, I really don’t feel like typing out all that is running through my mind on this matter. I’ve always been good at standardized tests, yet I strongly despise this trend in that direction. Every high school student in Texas has not only to pass a series of such tests to graduate from high school, but another test to enter college.

I wish I had been allowed to simply take the test when a freshman; I would have been able to save the state some tax money by passing the test and skipping on to college.

I am still waiting for the day that any job I have presents me with nothing but the choice of a, b, c, or d. All day every day. Then and only then will the standardized of all school testing make sense to me.

5 thoughts on “Standardize THIS

  1. yes. this is an absolutely ridiculous suggestion. if we’re going to do that, why don’t we all just take the red pill, or turn higher education into robot factories instead of educational institutions?

    nothing wrong with the occasional do-they-know-basic-facts multiple choice sections on some tests within a course, but this over-arching standardized test thing is troubling. it has the look of accountability and tangible measurements, but the smell of poor teaching, little learning, and anti-whole person development. bad, bad idea…

  2. Maybe it’s a secret admission that the current way of handling academic freedom doesn’t work. If teachers at every insitution are absolutely free to teach whatever they want then there is no accountability. Because of their political ideology they can’t put any pressure on the teachers, so they decide to shift it to the students. It may get back to the teachers (and administrators) eventually, once there are some “objective” ways to tell the students aren’t learning anything, but they probably figure they’ll come up with another strategy to weasel out by then.

  3. Although there is a kernal of truth in what has been said about this matter, but it seems to me that two things have happened here. First the politicians are looking for new fertile campaign territory to wear out in education. They rode the public schools until they realized that horse is dead.

    Second, standardized testing manufacturers are needing to expand their own markets. They were instrumental in creating the laws for the public schools. It makes sense they might well be players in this episode.

    Under any circumstance, Steve is right. Life isn’t a multiple choice exam.

  4. To me, this seems to be further evolution of the “digital age” where more and more of the decision-making process gets boiled down to a series of “on-off” switches. We increasingly try to develop “scoring” methods to take the “art” out of evaluation and move it toward a “science”. Credit scoring, insurance risk profiling, and other statistical based measures are examples of this.

    I am saddened to think that we’re slowly taking away abstract judgment and individuality. With roughly 40,000 protestant denominations existing worldwide, I’m glad God does not strictly go by standardized testing, but looks a little deeper.


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