Standardized Tests: Making Our Students and Teachers Sick?
“Multiple cases of children being moved to tears or vomiting are widely shared by educators. Sleeplessness, loss of self-esteem secondary to poor performance and lifelong mental blocks can be seen in individual children. Parents, fatigued from the endless hours and days of testing, are increasingly frustrated. And with mounting pressure to perform being directly correlated to job security, teachers have succumbed to this pressure and changed their approach in the classroom: they teach to the test to attain the required result. The cost of this approach is tremendous and yet tough to measure – valuable learning for life is supplanted by learning to benchmark well on a specific test. ”
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