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Most teachers, students, and parents think school prepares kids for tests instead of the real world. What gives?

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  • We need to bring the human element back in our education system. A great piece discussing education reform with key insights from the latest report by Big Change

  • It seems rather clear that the greater education system requires reform. As the article clearly states, that task is wholly predicated on what we believe formal education’s main goal should be.

    Perhaps more than anything, exam driven curriculum’s largely overlook critical thinking. Clearly there is

    It seems rather clear that the greater education system requires reform. As the article clearly states, that task is wholly predicated on what we believe formal education’s main goal should be.

    Perhaps more than anything, exam driven curriculum’s largely overlook critical thinking. Clearly there is a desire to impart specific information and skills to operate competently in society, but it cannot end there. It surely isn’t enough. Perhaps it was a century ago, but not now.

    When someone enters the workforce, their ability to think critically and creatively becomes paramount. As well as their ability to do so in a collaborative effort. These are two abilities criminally overlooked in many schools, despite the fact it determines so much of future student’s professional aptitude.

  • Hmmm... so literally everyone involved in the education system thinks it focuses too much on standardized testing. Maybe this means, oh I don’t know, that we should cut back standardized testing??

  • “81% of teachers said they considered leaving the profession in the past year because of the pressures of their workloads”. Not to mention that college graduates in other professions are making significantly more money than tenured teachers. We need to start with giving teachers the tools and salaries

    “81% of teachers said they considered leaving the profession in the past year because of the pressures of their workloads”. Not to mention that college graduates in other professions are making significantly more money than tenured teachers. We need to start with giving teachers the tools and salaries they deserve, after all they play a huge role in molding future generations.

  • If only we funded education as much as the military. Maybe we could reframe an uneducated populace as a national security risk. Then those teachers and schools would have the reasources to to teach, instead of instruct.

  • Unfortunately in many ways the k-12 education in the United States is even worse than that. In a country where we pride ourselves on innovation and entrepreneurship, we are actually sadly lacking in all of these areas until kids get to university. STEM in k-12 in the u.s. is also very much rote and in

    Unfortunately in many ways the k-12 education in the United States is even worse than that. In a country where we pride ourselves on innovation and entrepreneurship, we are actually sadly lacking in all of these areas until kids get to university. STEM in k-12 in the u.s. is also very much rote and in the box, college entrance is much worse. If we have any chance to address the challenges that are facing society, not just from upskilling, but fundamentally for America as a leader in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, we need to make massive changes to the education system.

  • And it all starts with government policy and budgets... As long as governments make funding contingent on a percentage of students passing standardized tests, this is what we'll get.

    If we want different outcomes we need to rethink how to measure progress and success from the students perspective

    And it all starts with government policy and budgets... As long as governments make funding contingent on a percentage of students passing standardized tests, this is what we'll get.

    If we want different outcomes we need to rethink how to measure progress and success from the students perspective, not from the bureaucrat's perspective.

  • There are fundamentally three groups which are hands-on in the education process. You have the teachers, you have the administrators, and you have students and their parents.

    We know the system isn’t working, so there is a problem in here somewhere. In determining where the problem is only the administrators

    There are fundamentally three groups which are hands-on in the education process. You have the teachers, you have the administrators, and you have students and their parents.

    We know the system isn’t working, so there is a problem in here somewhere. In determining where the problem is only the administrators get a vote.

    They continue to vote that they’re not the problem, and the problems continue unabated.

    It’s more complex than one group. But the fish always stinks from the head.

  • Tests for certifications can add the skills vocationally for students to be ready for the real world. But the rest? I’m not too sure.

  • It has always been teach to the test even when it is wrong. How many obsolete text books are still used?

  • When my daughter was in the first grade at our local public school I volunteered to go into class and help for an hour. I had no idea what to expect but quickly found a broken system. Getting in the school was the equivalent of entering Fort Knox. Her class had about 20 kids in it, 14 of which couldn’t

    When my daughter was in the first grade at our local public school I volunteered to go into class and help for an hour. I had no idea what to expect but quickly found a broken system. Getting in the school was the equivalent of entering Fort Knox. Her class had about 20 kids in it, 14 of which couldn’t speak English. The teacher spent all her time getting these kids up to speed so they could pass the standardized tests. The other 6 were left to do what they pleased. I read to them and asked them questions about their typical day which consisted of bouncing from class to class depending on the subject. “Why?” I asked. “Our teacher needs to help the kids speak English” one of the girls replied. I spoke to the teacher afterwards and she explained all their funding is tied to standardized test scores and she knows the English speaking kids will be “fine”. Not a great situation for kids or the teacher but when you look up the school online it’s a “blue ribbon” award winner. If that’s an award winning public school the future isn’t looking so bright.

  • Our lack of holding education as a priority is the issue. No one thing that is available to every US citizen is a greater equilizer than education, and yet the resources

    needed are applied unequally.

  • What gives is they are a total and utter waste of time. They don’t help anyone. It isn’t even serving the (entirely false) function most people believe of ranking children according to ability. Get rid of them and teachers and students would both be better off and happier.

  • This is a problem worldwide. We have to figure out how to educate our children to be content masters instead of test-taking masters. This would enable them to enjoy getting their education as opposed to bearing with it.

  • Schools could start by teaching children how to think, not what to think.

  • The problem is our schools focus on teaching to lowest common denominator instead of supporting the high achieving, high potential learners. The attitude is "why spend time on the kids getting As, when my compensation and rewards are based on getting an F student move to a D?"

  • Because it's true? We live in an internet based age. All jobs are directly impacted that new foundation of reality. And being technology and ever changing, schools (how we educate teachers to teach) are simply I'll equipped to prepare people for that work.

    Exacerbated by parents' and politicians' demand

    Because it's true? We live in an internet based age. All jobs are directly impacted that new foundation of reality. And being technology and ever changing, schools (how we educate teachers to teach) are simply I'll equipped to prepare people for that work.

    Exacerbated by parents' and politicians' demand for evidence of effectiveness of teaching... Schools are expected to produce good test results, not work ready adults.

  • If everyone who is involved in the scholastic process agrees that it is jacked, then who is in favor of keeping the status quo? I sometimes worry that those in charge are simply too lazy to change it.

  • I find it interesting that this title is presented as a majority opinion in what is arguably an objective truth. It is pretty common knowledge that our school system is based off an early Industrial Age, capitalism based system to build reliable workers who cater to the authorities of industry (and a

    I find it interesting that this title is presented as a majority opinion in what is arguably an objective truth. It is pretty common knowledge that our school system is based off an early Industrial Age, capitalism based system to build reliable workers who cater to the authorities of industry (and a ruling class). There are areas and whole schools where critical thinking and Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training give students direction and tangible skill sets that go beyond rote memorization.

    All hope is not lost, our systems can (and must) fundamentally change in order to cope with the environmental and social issues that are the result of this perpetuated system of education that has brought us to this point.

  • The data driven approach to education

  • The hypothesis of this article is misleading. It sets out to expect that English students are trained to take tests. Let’s examine that a little... while I was at school in England...we were not taught to take the test. We were given a curriculum and then tested on our comprehension of the subject.

    The hypothesis of this article is misleading. It sets out to expect that English students are trained to take tests. Let’s examine that a little... while I was at school in England...we were not taught to take the test. We were given a curriculum and then tested on our comprehension of the subject.

    And there lies the difference.

    We don’t need to change the education system, we need to reclaim it.

  • The education system, the only industry that hasn't changed significantly in 100 years. Teacher in front, talking at rows or groups of children.

  • I agree that too much teaching to the test occurs. Thirty years of teaching middle school science and math taught me that lesson. Part of the problem is lack of funding. Schools are given grades by our state. These grades are based on standardized tests which do NOT measure the true intelligence of a

    I agree that too much teaching to the test occurs. Thirty years of teaching middle school science and math taught me that lesson. Part of the problem is lack of funding. Schools are given grades by our state. These grades are based on standardized tests which do NOT measure the true intelligence of a child. If a school receives a lower grade funds may be decreased. I believe that schools hire the cheapest teachers and not the experienced teacher to save money. I taught with my heart as well as my brain. Kids need to respect their teacher in order to listen and learn. By letting students help decide what they want to learn they feel pride in themselves and are learning decision making, listening to other’s points of view, and voicing opinions without fear of retaliation.

  • What hurt our education system is no child left behind. Not to mention taking key courses out of the curriculum. I believe those wishing to destroy our country have spent a lot of time dumbing down our kids. Distracting them with feelings instead of facts. Whoever heard of not giving homework because

    What hurt our education system is no child left behind. Not to mention taking key courses out of the curriculum. I believe those wishing to destroy our country have spent a lot of time dumbing down our kids. Distracting them with feelings instead of facts. Whoever heard of not giving homework because some kids will get help from their parents and some won't.

  • I would argue that even then, only those who gel with the current education system are the ones that do well on said exams.

  • It’s also the case in Japan, I think compulsory education should not be compulsory because we can actually study anywhere and, of course, prepare for tests thanks to technology. Also, what we learn in schools is not practical at all.

    I’m a university student now but I’ll leave.

  • Let me state the obvious. We will never beat technologies on normalised test. Education must develop our social and interpersonal skills which enable not only our children to establish positive relationship in society and with other human beings but master what they will need in forever evolving world

    Let me state the obvious. We will never beat technologies on normalised test. Education must develop our social and interpersonal skills which enable not only our children to establish positive relationship in society and with other human beings but master what they will need in forever evolving world for which our human judgement, intuition, creativity, culture will not find any tech equivalent during the lifetime of my children.

    I expect me and my teacher friends to educate my children to be humanist and embrace change with appetite and no fear to what is stranger to them. I expect them to give them cultural roots to understand where they are coming from not what they need to replicate but more what they can do better than previous generation.

    I expect us to give them a sense of creativity based on pure human emotion and not iteration.

    Don t missunderstand me, knowledge is key, learning is essential. But let s not limit the knowledge of a foreign language to an ability to communicate but as a cultural base to be able to feel the same and understand each others above and beyond translated words...

    Education should made Sartre forever wrong " L enfer ce n' est plus les autres..."

  • I was a teacher for 22 years. Luckily I taught in corrections and I had a little more freedom with how I taught and I taught. It is true teachers, students, and parents of the day are learning how to take tests not have a live in the world not reading writing and arithmetic not logic. It’s insane. Our system needs to change.

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