Helping Children Get More Education
Is The Use Of Standardized Testing Improving Education?
I think education is not improving standardized testing because students are not learning as much stuff as they need to. Teachers are only focused on the tests that they do not realizes that students are not doing so well on their homework or their studies.The teachers only want to teach the students anything and it would be boring but students dont learn things when it is boring. teachers want to rush through the test so that the students can at least be done with the test and it would be over with.
...[O]ne thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching to the test. Because then you're not learning about the world; you're not learning about different cultures, you're not learning about science, you're not learning about math. All you're learning about is how to fill out a little bubble on an exam and the little tricks that you need to do in order to take a test. And that's not going to make education interesting to you. And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in. They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring."
"Its quite clear that there is no constitutional authority for the federal government to be involved in education... Ideally, education in a free society would be the responsibility of the parents or the individual or local community, not the government...In the past sixty years especially, the federal government has become very much involved in financing and directing education at all levels. There is no evidence that quality of education has improved... there is definitely been more violence, more drugs, and more dropouts associated with more centralized control.Most people today accept the idea that the Department of Education is a legitimate federal institution. Not too many years ago, however the Republican Party platform argued for getting rid of the Department of Education. This pretense was removed with the election of George W. Bush... With both Democratic and Republican support, he massively increased the Department of Education with the disastrous No Child Left Behind program. Now national control of all public schools is firmly a bipartisan effort... Once an institution is hooked on federal financing, it is virtually impossible to stop the bureaucratic regulations and mandates that routinely follow subsidies."