Came across this article today and I have to say I find it depressing: http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2009/08/30/pressure...
I remember kindergarten. Sure, we learned stuff. A lot of what we learned had to do with sharing and taking turns, along with, of course, colors and numbers and days of the week. But we had fun while learning, and most kids were more than happy to return the next year for first grade. With these new developing attitudes about testing in kindergarten, I'd be very afraid my child would be burnt out by the third grade. What is the point of all this testing, really? Is it really helping them learn? The educators quoted in the article sure don't seem to think so. What do you think?
Answer by abbyg at 4:22 PM on Sep. 2, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Sep. 2, 2009
Answer by sailorwifenmom at 9:05 PM on Sep. 2, 2009
Answer by sailorwifenmom at 9:09 PM on Sep. 2, 2009
cont My ds, when he was in middle school, really really hated his new school, and he really really REALLY hated his English teacher. (I have to admit, I didn't care much for her, either, but...) Apparently, my ds and a couple of his friends decided to "do bad on purpose" as he told me later (after the test but before we got the scores back) on one of the parts, because they wanted her to get a bad grade.
We talked about integrity and how, since he didn't do it for real, then he got to write some essays for ME, so that I could see if he was learning or not. He hasn't done anything like that since (he's now in 11th grade). He still doesn't stress the tests though.
Answer by sailorwifenmom at 9:15 PM on Sep. 2, 2009