Which country is the smartest country in the world? Do you know? Recently, students around the world were tested academically and American children ended up scoring in the middle and at the bottom.
15-year-old students around the word, including the United States, took “an international standardized test in reading, math and science.”
Guess who scored the highest? The Shanghai students outscored students from 65 other countries, and that includes pupils in the United States.
“And Shanghai, an open and cosmopolitan city that is boundlessly ambitious and fiercely competitive, has always been China’s K-9 education leader.”
Chinese students are probably testing so terrifically due to their painstaking schooling. Not to mention, most Chinese parents challenge their children to excel in school. Thus, the children are raised to be motivated and determined.
Although many Chinese students are excellent test takers, they tend to lack creativity. These children are simply taught the “test-centric approach” and that is not entirely beneficial.
” The failings of a rote-memorization system are well-known: lack of social and practical skills, absence of self-discipline and imagination, loss of curiosity and passion for learning. Chinese students burn themselves out testing into university…”
School systems should definitely test their students, but children should also be allowed to explore their imaginations. Every pupil is original; therefore, the schools need to give students the opportunity to choose their own paths.
In Massachusetts, teachers are being forced to drill their students so the students can master the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). This type of testing is not fair to every student.
Teachers are taught to assess children through a variety of methods, yet the state is choosing to solely test children with MCAS. As a result, many teachers and students in Massachusetts are persistently nervous.
There is nothing pleasurable about being in a learning environment that inhibits enthusiastic learning.
Some children earn perfect scores on their report cards, but they do not test successfully. Then there are other students who struggle in their classes but are able to test effectively.
Standardize testing is just one part of students’ learning experience.
Children all around the world deserve to be taught in schools that are balanced. While children should be tested, their individuality needs to be considered as well. Each child has God-given talents and abilities that they need to strengthen so they can use those skills to enhance their future.