With APs going on and the June SAT just around the corner, I believe now is an optimal time to discuss why it's about time we get rid of our system of standardized testing. Just as some backstory, this form of testing came into the United States in the 1800s, and since then, there have been countless of credible studies that show that the system does not accurately test a student's intelligence or range of knowledge. After over 100 years of the same methods, it is time to update the classroom. This system is formulated so that there is a set mark to meet-- it was created under the notion that all children think the same and have equal advantages in the learning process, when in reality, no child's mind is like any other's. As such, students should not be treated like packaged products in an assembly line, taught to memorize terms and dates, instead of being encouraged to let their curiosity flourish and their creativity thrive. So instead of continuing this outdated practice, we must start looking in other and more progressive directions for a new way of learning--sorry, new ways of learning. Because there is not just one, singular path for all students to take, and so we should not subject all students to that one path (down with common core!).
May 9, 2017· Edited: Jul 13, 2017